The Federal Government of Nigeria said the process of the animal census, traceability and identification have commenced.
The exercise will assist in countering cattle-rustling issue as well as having accurate data on livestock.
The permanent secretary, ministry of agriculture and rural development, Dr Mohammed Bello Umar made this known at a close of the 4th global dairy Congress Africa at the weekend in Abuja.
He clarified those present that the government’s desire to implement a useful suggestion from the summit.
According to the permanent secretary, who was represented by Director, Animal Husbandry Services, Bright Wategiri.
“We will continue to intervene in those areas that are important to us. And, we will try as much as possible to improve 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 from 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 relations with other countries.
“The advantages are enormous; we are at the tail end of concluding our national dairy and breeding policy.”
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In response, the chairman of the Congress, Dr Ayok Celestine and the participants admonished the government to create an effective price stability support mechanic to reflect and protect the investment in dairy farming; they also suggest a rapid intervention in addressing infrastructure deficit militating against the sub-sector.
“upgrade of the genetic potential of indigenous dairy breeds through crossbreeding and selection in order to enhance productivity and profitability of emerging dairy ventures in Africa.”, he said.
“livestock extension services and innovation platforms should be mainstreamed to enhance farmers’ capacity and competence in dairy product processing.”, he added.
“The simulate functional systems in other climes should be studied to speed up value chain progress and profitability, while allied institutions to boost availability and quality of support services and input should be strengthened.”