The Yobe government on Saturday commenced the distribution of livestock food supplements worth N49 million to livestock farmers in 17 local government areas of the state.
Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam, who launched the distribution in Babbangida, Tarmuwa local government area, said it was to augment shortage of animal feeds normally experienced at this period of the year.
“The lofty idea was conceived because at this period of the year, livestock are faced with inadequacy of feed supplements.
“When they are available, they are purchased at expensive rates.
“Unavailability of feeds to maintain the animals result in weight loss, unprofitable venture, and decreased production,” Gaidam said.
The governor, represented by Alhaji Mustapha Gajerima, the Commissioner for Agriculture, said that 460 tons of feed supplements and salt lick were procured for distribution.
He directed that the feed supplements be distributed free of charge.
In his remarks, Alhaji Muhammed Gidado, Chairman, Tarmuwa local government council commended the government for giving priority attention to livestock farming.
“The annual livestock mass vaccination and distribution of feed supplements by the government free of charge have given livestock farmers a sense of belonging.
“The gesture will go a long way in boosting livestock production, improved and healthy beef and dairy production in the state,” he said.
He pleaded with the government to construct veterinary clinics in the local government in view of the large number of livestock in the area.
Alhaji Aliyu Mirwa, chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, who spoke on behalf of livestock farmers, also commended the government for the initiative.
He urged the government to make the distribution of animal feeds an annual y programme due to the prolonged dry season in the area. (NAN)