A vaccination campaign for goats has been flagged off by Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Agriculture
A brief flag-off ceremony with the theme, “Goat Vaccination Anti Kata Campaign” which took place at Obot Akara Local Government Council grounds, Tuesday, drew participants from all walks of life.
Declaring the event open, the Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Glory Edet, said the campaign was not only aimed at ensuring the readily availability of goat meat but also to ensure it safety and efficacy on consumers.
The Agric boss noted that the demand for goat meat in Akwa Ibom State and other States is in the excess of supply, hence the need for sustainable production of goat meat for local consumption and production of fresh skin for export to feed leather industries as well as production of milk for medical purposes.
She enjoined goat farmers to take advantage of the different Veterinary clinics and Stations of the Ministry of Agriculture in all the Local Government Headquarters in the State for more information on how to have a healthy animal farm.
Earlier, the Director of Veterinary Services of the Ministry, Dr. Obot Obot while setting the tone for the event, thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel and appreciated the Commissioner for her resoluteness in interpreting the vision of the Governor in the Agriculture sector of the State.
In their separate goodwill messages, Dr. Ofonbok Ituen who is the State Chairman, Nigeria Veterinary/Medical Association and Prince Bassey Inwang, the State Chairman of AFAN as well as the State Director of Animal Husbandry, Mr. Aniefiok Isong, all lauded Governor Udom Emmanuel for approving the commencement of the campaign.
In her Vote of Thanks, the representative of the Council Chairman and Head of Service, Obot Akara Local Government Council, Mrs. Usoro Harrison, appreciated the Honourable Commissioner for the choice of Obot Akara as the start-off point of the campaign and promised to encourage local farmers to put to use the knowledge gained at the event.
Also in attendance were invited farming groups, Directors of the Ministry of Agriculture and Obot Akara Local Government Council officials.