In Nigeria, the incidence of chickens dying from Newcastle Disease is estimated to be 90% and leads to huge losses in revenue, affecting the livelihood of a large number of poor livestock farmers, predominantly women. In a bid to change this story, Agriprojects Concept International Ltd, a private Nigerian company providing solutions for the livestock and poultry industry, collaborated with Propcom Mai-karfi, a UKAid funded programme in Nigeria, to train 150 village based vaccinators (VBVs) in Jigawa State. The training comes ahead of the Newcastle Disease season which usually occurs in October, and will help prevent chicken deaths by 50%.
The VBVs drawn from communities will provide local veterinary services to farmers holding 90,000 chickens in three local government areas, namely, Kiyawa, Sule Tankarkar and Mallam Madori of Jigawa State, Northern Nigeria. The initiative has a two pronged objective of supporting (i) the emergence of trained local skills to service the local chicken farmers, and (ii) new VBVs based businesses setting up near farmers. It also seeks to change the business model of local chicken farmers who are encouraged to see their work as a viable economic activity to improve their incomes and livelihoods.
The pilot training is a partnership involving the premier veterinary institution, the Nigerian Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), which manufactures poultry vaccines locally. The objective of this initiative is to develop a model for collaboration between NVRI, Agriprojects Concept International Ltd and Propcom Mai-karfi to promote vaccination in local chickens using the NCD-I2 vaccine. This will require smallholders to change their attitude of not investing in local chickens by convincing them of the economic benefit of vaccination. It will also develop a pool of VBVs and support them in developing sustainable business relationship with farmers and distributors. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org.