The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has banned the importation of fresh meat into the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), from the neighbouring states.
The secretary, FCTA Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS), Hon. Stanley Ifeanyichukwu Nzekwe, who disclosed this yesterday during the flag off of 22 new meat haulage vans in Karu and Dei-Dei abattoirs, stated that ban is with immediate effect.
Nzekwe noted that some butchers hide outside the territory, where they slaughter all sorts of animals, not satisfied as safe by veterinary officers and are conveyed to FCT markets for sales to unsuspecting buyers.
He maintained that such an attitude is a crime, because such animals must have been sick and not safe for human consumption and added that anybody caught would be prosecuted.
The secretary also announced the immediate ban on all meat haulage vehicles that does not have stainless steel system, for the transportation of fresh meat in parts of the territory.
He warned that henceforth, any meat haulage vehicles, Keke NAPEP, motorcycles or even bicycles in the FCT that does not have stainless steel devices, fitted on it, would be arrested and prosecuted.
Speaking earlier, the head of veterinary department of the secretariat, Mrs. Regina Adulugba, had explained that the new haulage system was meant to bring sanity in the haulage of fresh meat in the territory, in line with international practices.
… Distributes N10 million Assorted Fisheries Inputs To Farmers
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), through the Agriculture and Rural Development (ARDS) secretariat has distributed assorted fisheries inputs, worth N10 million to fish farmers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Secretary of ARDS, Stanley Ifeanyichukwu Nzekwe, who distributed the fisheries inputs to the first phase of beneficiaries, also promised that another set of inputs, worth about N15 million, would be distributed to FCT farmer, sellers and catchers, before the end of the year.
Nzekwe noted that the FCT is endowed with numerous water bodies, but have not been able to produce enough fish to meet demands, partly due to ineffective, cropping of water bodies, high cost of fisheries inputs and post harvest losses.
He explained that the secretariat has noticed this development over the years and has put together the distribution scheme to assist the fish folks to enable them have access to those inputs that are very costly and not easily available.
Represented by the head, veterinary services in the secretariat, Dr. (Mrs.) Regina Adulugba, the secretary disclosed that the administration would soon commence the extension of water to Bwari Fish Farm Estate and provide other facilities to enable allottees commence full fish production.
He continued: “Equally, in a bid to increase fish production in FCT, my secretariat seeks to collaborate with any interest investor in the development of the Maitama Reservoir as a recreation and aquaculture.
Contract has also been awarded for the construction of a model fish seed and brood stock centre at Gwagwalada. When this is completed, about one million assorted fish fingerlings will be produced and sold to FCT fish farmers at subsidized rate.”
Earlier in a welcome address, the director of administration and finance in the secretariat, Dr. Lazarus Gaza, had explained that the fisheries inputs distribution scheme was aimed at improving the socio-economic status of the FCT fisher folks.
Gaza noted that before now, emphasis has been on marketers and those in the capture sector, adding however that with the recent interest and awareness in aquaculture, the secretariat has widened the scope of inputs given to fisher folk to accommodate farmers.
Some of the assorted fisheries inputs distributed by the secretariat include deep freezers, scoop nets, culture tanks, fish fen, as well as smoking Kline.
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