The senate is considering a bill that will create a database for cows and goats in the country.
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The bill for an act to create the National Livestock Bureau sponsored by Muhammad Enagi, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Niger State, passed second reading during plenary on Tuesday.
If created, the agency will be in charge of identification, traceability and registration of livestock such as cows, sheep and goats, to curb cattle rustling while ensuring the protection, control and management of all livestock in Nigeria.
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It is also expected to create a national livestock identification database; control movement of livestock; ensuring their management to prevent disease outbreaks; ensuring food safety, transparency and information in the food chain, as well as the prevention of cattle rustling to end the prolonged farmer/herder conflict in Nigeria.
According to Enagi, the bill will help address diseases and other threats to human lives caused by the movement of livestock.
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He said the agency in charge will also ensure that animal products being imported into, or sold in Nigeria, are easily traced to ensure human safety.
The senator said livestock identification by the agency will include ownership and other details, including their origin, birthplace, sex and breed.