A bill meant for the creation of a database for cows is presently being considered in the senate.
The bill is for an Act to ‘establish national livestock and management (protection, control and management, etc) bureau’ is sponsored by Bima Enagi of APC, Niger South. It scaled a second reading on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
It is aimed at solving the challenge of animal identification and management by establishing the National Livestock Bureau for the purpose of livestock identification, traceability, registration, cattle rustling control, and livestock disease control.Enagi said Nigeria has been unable to participate in the export of meat and other dietary products as a result of the absence of a system of management.
He mentioned that the bill intends to indicate ownership and prevent rustling as well as collate genetic information on animals while improving the ability to trace animals.Livestock identification refers to keeping records of individual farm animals or groups of farm animals so that they can be more easily tracked from their birth through the marketing chain to the table”, he said.
Senator Sabi Abdullahi who supported the bill said that passing it into law is key to implementing the economic diversification goals of the present administration and solving the herder-farmers crisis.The bill was passed for a second reading and referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development to report back within four weeks.