Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology, on Friday inaugurated the North-East Zonal Office of the Nigerian Institute for Trypanosomiasis and (Onchocerciasis) Research (NITR) in Gombe State.
While inaugurating the facility in Lafiyawo community in Akko Local Government Area of Gombe State, Onu said the institute would help tackle challenges of Trypanosomiasis in the zone.
According to him, the effort of the Federal Government at setting up the institute is to ensure improved standard of living of peasant and livestock farmers in the six states.
He said that it was important to control tsetse fly as doing that will improve the quality of livestock which will translate to increase in yields in terms of meat, milk and other derivatives from livestock.
He added that the institute would increase the income of livestock farmers and by extension boosts the economies of the zone.
He further said that the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari is working to ensure that we are able to help our livestock farmers so that if we establish livestock ranches, those ranches can be free from tsetse fly.
Governor Yahaya stated that more than 70 per cent of the people of the state are farmers involved in either crop or livestock production.