Author Archives: Dr. B. A. USMAN

About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the 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. 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'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.

New community animal health platforms to guide participatory improvement of livestock in four regions of Mali

Originally posted on CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish:
Participants of a community animal health platform facilitators training in Mali (photo credit: ILRI/Michel Dione). Four community animal health platforms (CAHPs) have been formed to harness collective action in addressing…

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WorldFish breeding program produces 15th generation of improved GIFT tilapia

Originally posted on CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish:
At WorldFish, the long-running selective breeding program for the Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) strain is fundamental to its efforts to improve livelihoods and food security in Asia, the Pacific…

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New publication warns of rising use of antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs in farm animals

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Antimicrobial consumption in chickens (A) & pigs (B) in 2010. Figure from PNAS paper: Global trends in antimicrobial use in food animals, published 20 Mar 2015 by Thomas Van Boeckel, Tim Robinson and others. As reported…

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Recent drought-induced livestock losses in East Africa mask deeper problem of animal feed scarcities

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Cattle grazing on Brachiaria grass at the ILRI campus in Nairobi, Kenya (photo credit: ILRI/Collins Mutai). The following excerpts are taken from an opinion piece published by An Notenbaert, a former scientist with ILRI for 11…

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Why (and how) human health (and development) depends on animal health—OIE’s Monique Eloit

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
South African cattle dead from a devastating outbreak of rinderpest, 1896 (photographer unknown; public domain image). The following are excerpts of an opinion piece written by Monique Eloit, director general of the World Organisation for Animal…

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Livestock for food security and nutrition—Committee on World Food Security policy recommendations

Originally posted on ILRI news:
Rachael Njeri has started growing forage strips on her farm in the Kenya’s Tana River watershed. The forage plants help prevent soil erosion and provide feed for her cattle (photo credit: CIAT/Georgina Smith). The Committee…

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Pathogen ecologies and human interventions: The natural and unnatural histories of zoonotic diseases

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Three diapered goats in the boot of a car in Bamako, Mali (photo on Flickr by Romel Jacinto/37 °C). This week, the Lancet publishes a series of three papers on diseases that are ‘zoonotic’, that is,…

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