Senate support bill to create Database for Livestock

The Senate on Tuesday sought the establishment of a National Livestock and Management Bureau for livestock identification in the country.

This followed the presentation of the lead debate on the general principles of a Bill for an Act to Establish National Livestock and Management (Protection Control and Management).

The sponsor of the bill, Bima Enagi (APC – Niger), led the debate at the plenary.

According to Mr. Enagi, the all-important bill seeks to solve the age-long challenge of animal identification and management by establishing the National Livestock Bureau for livestock identification and cattle rustling control.

 

He explained that the bill was to safeguard the nation’s livestock and sanitize the livestock industry.

Mr. Enagi stated, “The livestock sub-sector is an integral part of agriculture and vital to the socio-economic development of the country, though its productivity currently is very low.

“It accounts for one-third of Nigeria’s agricultural GDP, providing income, employment, meat, milk, leather, farm energy, manure, fuel, and transport.

“Recent estimates indicate that Nigeria’s national livestock comprises 18.4 million cattle, 43.4 million sheep, 76 million goats and 7.5 million pigs (FMARD, 2017).”

The Senate on Tuesday sought the establishment of a National Livestock and Management Bureau for livestock identification in the country.

This followed the presentation of the lead debate on the general principles of a Bill for an Act to Establish National Livestock and Management (Protection Control and Management).

The sponsor of the bill, Bima Enagi (APC – Niger), led the debate at the plenary.

According to Mr. Enagi, the all-important bill is being deliberated upon in order to solve the age-long challenge of animal identification and management by establishing the National Livestock Bureau for livestock identification and cattle rustling control.

He explained that the bill was to safeguard the nation’s livestock and sanitize the livestock industry.

Mr. Enagi stated, “The livestock sub-sector is an integral part of agriculture and vital to the socio-economic development of the country, though its productivity currently is very low.

“It accounts for one-third of Nigeria’s agricultural GDP, providing income, employment, meat, milk, leather, farm energy, manure, fuel, and transport.

“Recent estimates indicate that Nigeria’s national livestock comprises 18.4 million cattle, 43.4 million sheep, 76 million goats and 7.5 million pigs (FMARD, 2017).”

Via NAN

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