An inter-agency committee constituted by the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, to end the incessant clashes between farmers and pastoralists in Abuja has visited the four designated grazing reserves in the FCT.
Speaking to journalists, the secretary, Agriculture and rural Development Secretariat (ARDS), Hon. Stanley Ifeanyichukwu Nzekwe disclosed that the committee has visited all the reserves and has taken census of both farmers and pastoralists, with the view of compensating the farmers for their land.
He revealed that over 20,000 animals, mainly cattle, were vaccinated, under the free anti-rabies exercise in 2017, in all the veterinary clinics, located in the six area councils of the territory.
The secretary also disclosed that as at last year, no single outbreak of Avian Influenza disease was recorded in the FCT, adding that the sensitization programmes, workshops, as well as surveillance of farms and markets have proved to be effective in preventing a resurgence of the disease in the territory.
He said that the secretariat has equally keyed into the federal government cage fish farming project, adding that his office has already identified the water bodies that would be used for the project.
Also, in line with the FCT administration’s directive, the Agriculture Secretariat, according to Nzekwe, has mobilized fish farmers who would be part of the programme.
He continued: “Similarly, the secretariat has introduced secondary school outreach programme, aimed at introducing youths to fish farming in October, 2017. We also constructed and handed over a fish pond to Junior Secondary School, Area 11, with the capacity to accommodate 1,500 fingerlings.”
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