Connect with us


Animal diseases: Herdsman canvasses establishment of dairy farms



Walid expresses regrets over herders’ activities in Nigeria

Alhaji Mohammed Atiku, a herdsman, has called on Federal and State Governments to establish dairy farms to boost healthy protein production in the country.

He said such dairy would also enable veterinary doctors and other health officials to examine diseases in animals before slaughtering them for human consumption.

Atiku, a former Speaker of Kaima Local Government Legislative Council in Kwara, made the appeal in llorin on Monday during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

According to him, there are so many diseases in animals especially cows which are slaughtered in various parts of the country without identifying their health history.

He said many killer diseases afflicting some Nigerians were acquired from animals (zoonotic) that have diseases.

Atiku noted that the setting up of dairy farms where animals could be tested before slaughtering would curb cases of ailments from animals, especially cows.

“Any animal, especially cows, before slaughtering must be examined in dairy farms by qualified health personnel to curb outbreak and spread of diseases.

“There are many cow diseases that can cause discomfort for humanbeings and many are being slaughtered in different parts of the country without versification on their health status,” Atiku added.

The herdsman suggested the reintroduction of cattle vaccination which was in Nigeria during the military regime of late Gen. Murtala Mohammed.

He said the periodic vaccination of animals would ensure that the livestock were always in sound health and fit for human consumption.

Abdulfatai Beki

NEWSVERGE, published by The Verge Communications is an online community of international news portal and social advocates dedicated to bringing you commentaries, features, news reports from a Nigerian-African perspective.A unique organization, founded in the spirit of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, comprising of ordinary people with an overriding commitment to seeking the truth and publishing it without fear or favour.The Verge Communications is fully registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a corporate organization.