The Livestock/Veterinary Services Department consists of two divisions with specialized functions and they are:

  1. THE LIVESTOCK DIVISION

This division is responsible for activities related to the management of livestock/poultry farms and demonstration of new animal husbandry technologies. The division ensures that livestock feeds produced in the state meet high quality standards that will enhance improved productivity of the animals. The division also liaises with the Rivers State Agricultural Development Programme to deliver extension services to rural livestock farmers to improve their productions, improve their incomes and enhance their livelihood.

 

  1. THE VETERINARY DIVISION

This division is responsible for the prevention and control of animal diseases in the State. This involves surveillance activities, mass vaccination of animals, treatment of animal diseases and enforcement of animal welfare issues. The division gives priority to veterinary public health concerns which include meat inspection to ensure that all meat and animal products presented for public consumption are safe and wholesome. It also takes deliberate action to control major zoonotic diseases through public enlightenment programmes, vaccination campaigns and other preventive activities. The division is involved in collaboration with other relevant institutions in the eradication of emerging diseases.

 

POLICY MANDATE

The department sets out to improve livestock production in the State by providing an enabling environment and encouraging livestock farmers to acquire the necessary technologies and resources to ensure sustained production of high quality animal protein. The department is also focused in ensuring that livestock production in the State contributes significantly to food security, poverty alleviation and employment generation. In addition to the above the department ensures the prevention of introduction of major epizootic diseases into the State and to take immediate necessary actions to control and eradicate any outbreak of disease epizootics.

 

OFFICE LOCATION

Rooms 20 to 38 in Block A, 7th floor, Rivers State Secretariat Complex, Port Harcourt.

 

PRINCIPAL CONTACT PERSON: Dr. Allswell Kemjika Emejuru, Head of Department. akemejuru@yahoo.com

 

LIST OF PROPOSED PROJECTS

 

  1. Project Title: Veterinary Hospital

Location:Rumuodomaya in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area

The project is to provide a veterinary facility to treat animal diseases and provide boarding facilities and kennels for animals. It is to have diagnostic laboratory to meet the challenges of investigation of common infections diseases. The hospital is to provide the public access to information on prevention and control of prevalent zoonotic diseases and collaborate with relevant veterinary institutions in Nigeria and abroad on studies in disease investigations and control.

Proposed start date: January 2016

Proposed completion date: December, 2017

 

  1. Project Title: Rehabilitation of Rumuodomaya Feed mill

Location: Rumuodomaya Town

A 10 ton/hour feed mill was built by the Rivers State government in 1989 but not has been fully utilized. The mill has storage facilities including silos and driers and requires rehabilitation for full utilization. Presently feed is a major constraint to livestock production in the state as livestock feeds are sourced presently from outside the state by the farmers.

The impact of the project will be felt by a large section of the citizens as cost of livestock production will be reduced and consequently reduced price of livestock products.

Proposed start date: 2016

Proposed completion date: 2016

 

 

  1. Project Title: Atali Modern Farm Estate

Location: Atali Community, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area

The Atali poultry farm was established in 1976 as a poultry breeding and hatchery farm. The farm is located in a land area of about 24 hectares. It is intended that the farm would be developed into units where production activities will be allocated to resident individuals for production of poultry meat and eggs.

The project has the potential of providing direct employment to more than 200 individuals and indirect employment to a much more number. In addition the food security position of the State will be enhanced and the state will depend less on poultry products raised outside the State.

Proposed start date: 2016

Proposed completion date: 2016