ILRI warns of health dangers of global livestock boom

ILRI Clippings

‘The livestock boom could increase the number of animal plagues while further compromising food security.

‘The Deputy Director General of research at the International Livestock Research Institute – ILRI John McDermott said increasing the numbers of domestic livestock through resource-intensive production methods is increasing animal epidemics around the world.

‘McDermott says the problem is more acute in developing countries, where livestock diseases present a growing threat to the food security of already vulnerable populations.

‘The new assessment was released Friday at the International Conference on Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute -IFPRI in Delhi, India. . . .

‘According to the research, livestock diseases jeopardize food security in the developing world where about 700 million people keep farm animals and up to 40 percent of household income depends on animals and animal products impacting negatively on the main source of source…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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