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Bill To Establish Database For Cows Scales Second Reading

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The Senate is considering a bill to establish the national livestock database for the purpose of identification, cattle rustling control, registration, and livestock disease control.

The bill sponsored by Senator Muhammad Bima Enagi passed through second reading during legislation at the upper chamber on Tuesday.

The Senator said the bill was aimed at sanitizing the livestock industry and addressing the persistent farmers/ herders clashes as well as cattle rustling in the country.

According to him, this will enhance the development of the country’s livestock industry.

“I want to say that the coming of this Bill is timely and should be supported.

“The movement of livestock and their products has increased the spread of the diseases and increased the threat to human health.

“This database when established, will ensure the traceability of animal products into the country, in order to safeguard the lives of citizens.

“It will also serve as a guide for policy formulation by the government and ensure the regulation of participants in the livestock business,” he said.

However, after much consideration, the Bill was referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development to look into it and report back within four weeks.

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