Federal government begins animal census, identification

Federal government begins animal census, identification

- The Nigerian government says it has started the process of animal census, traceability and identification

- The government says the exercise will help in tackling issues of cattle rustling as well as help get accurate data on livestock

- The government also said it is concluding our national dairy and breeding policy

The federal government says it has started the process of animal census, traceability and identification.

This was disclosed by the permanent secretary, ministry of agriculture and rural development, Dr. Mohammed Bello Umar at the weekend in Abuja.

Nigerian Tribune quoted Umar as saying the exercise will help in tackling issues of cattle rustling as well as help get accurate data on livestock.

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Represented by the director, animal husbandry services, Bright Wategire, he said: “We will continue to intervene in those areas that are important to us.

“And, we will try as much as possible to improve on artificial intelligence and sustain the issue of pasture production all year round. It is a critical area because, without pasture, animals will not grow.

“We have started something in animal identification and traceability system. We are aware of the advanced stages that are available.

“Aside helping us reduce issues of cattle rustling, It will help us to get reliable data of animals that we have in this country. It helps improve trade relationship with other countries.

“The advantages are enormous; we are at the tail end of concluding our national dairy and breeding policy.”

Chairman of the congress, Dr. Ayok Celestine, and the participants, unanimously urged government, to establish effective price stability support mechanism to attract and protect investment in dairy farming they and also, called for robust intervention in addressing infrastructure deficits militating against the sub sector.

Dr. Celestine suggested an upgrade of genetic potential of indigenous dairy breeds through crossbreeding and selection in order to enhance productivity and profitability of emerging dairy ventures in Africa.

Meanwhile, the speaker of the Oyo House of Assembly, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, has revealed that lawmakers in the state are working on laws that will tackle activities of killer herdsmen in the state.

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Speaking during a brief visit to the palace of the Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Adegbola, Ogundoyin noted that the house is aware and investigating cases of kidnapping within Oyo state and particularly in Ibarapa zone.

He said: “When our lives are not safe, our movement will be restricted, our businesses will be affected and the means of livelihood of our people will be at stake.

“We are working on the state laws and in a matter of weeks, our resolutions will be out, because we cannot afford to toy with security issues.”

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