By Sulemana Zakaria, GNA
Gushegu (NR), Feb. 19, GNA - The Gushegu Municipal Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has vaccinated over 1,500 animals against diseases in the District.
The department vaccinated 800 cattle, 400 sheep and 500 goats against anthrax while additional 700 cattle were also vaccinated against CBPP (cattle disease) to ensure that the animals were healthy.
Mr Mustapha Zakaria, acting head of Municipal Department of Agriculture briefed the GNA in Gushegu on Tuesday on the activities carried out last year and noted that 2,000 sheep and 1,100 goats were vaccinated against PPR (virus disease for small ruminants), 4,000 poultry vaccinated against new castle disease and 2,000 poultry vaccinated against Gumboro and 30 dogs also vaccinated against rabies.
He said the department embarked on municipal wide sensitization on the importance of vaccination against diseases and added that the essence of the exercise was to improve healthy livestock conditions, reduce mortality rate among the animals.
Mr Zakaria said some 200 farmers received capacity building on improved guinea fowl production and trained 100 others on pig production while 200 farmers were also trained in the conservation and utilization of crop residue for dry season consumption, to ensure an increased availability of feed.
He mentioned that, nine agricultural extension assistants conducted 1,440 home and farm visits to educate farmers on improved farming systems as well as the importance of environmental and personal hygiene.
Mr Zakaria commended the RING, World Vision, ADVANCE and other NGOs for their intervention and appealed to the 2017 planting for food and job beneficiaries to make early refund for the benefit of others.
He revealed that, four zonal and municipal Research Extension Linkage Committees (RELC) planning sessions were organized for 200 farmers to identify their problems and offer constructive suggestions for improved yield.
He said that the staff conducted multi-round agriculture crop and livestock survey of 40 enumeration areas to create crop data base for the purposes of planning.
He said the department collated, analysed and documented prices of some selected commodities establishing a data base of market prices, which were shared among stakeholders.
Mr Zakaria said 437 Farmer Based Organizations comprising 238 males and 199 females received training in identification of viable value chain to enable them produce volumes at a reduced cost.