Livestock farmers in Yobe on Tuesday advocated for the establishment of a government task force to eliminate the menace of unqualified healthcare providers and expired vaccines and drugs administered on livestock in the state.
The farmers made the call in Damaturu at a stakeholders meeting on annual mass vaccination of animals in the state.
Alhaji Abdu Hussaini, representative of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Gujba local government area, described the proliferation of quack healthcare personnel and expired drugs as threatening to the health of the animals.
Hussaini said medicine vendors selling expired vaccines and drugs had flooded every livestock market in Gujba, Gulani and other parts of the state.
“Quacks and unprofessional healthcare providers are exploiting the farmers by selling and administering wrong and expired drugs on the animals and threatening livestock farming in the area,’’ he said.
Alhaji Bani Ali, Secretary MACBAN Zone C, said the vendors had no cold chain system to preserve animal drugs and vaccines, as recommended by their manufacturers.
“The medicine vendors have no respect for the manufacturer’s guidelines in preserving the medicines, thus putting farmers at the risk of losing their money to adulterated and expired drugs, as well as the animals,” Ali said.
Yobe Commissioner for Agriculture, Mustapha Gajerima, said the annual mass vaccination was to protect the animals against trans-boundary diseases like Contagious Bovine Pluro Pneumonia (CBPP), Black Quarter (BQ) and Pest Petit Ruminants (PPR), as well as Anti-Rabies (AR) for dogs.