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Breaking: FG Commences Animal Census, Identification Amidst Delayed National Population Count

“We have started something in animal identification and traceability system. We are aware of the advanced stages that are available.

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Despite delay of National population count, which was last conducted in 2005, the federal government of Nigeria to commence the process of animal census, traceability and identification.

This was contained in a statement signed by the permanent secretary, ministry of agriculture and rural development, Dr. Mohammed Bello Umar at the weekend in Abuja.

According to gathered report, the minister said the exercise will help in tackling issues of cattle rustling as well as help get accurate data on livestock.

According to Bright Wategire, who representated the secretary: “We will continue to intervene in those areas that are important to us.

“And, we will try as much as possible to improve on 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 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 relationship with other countries.

“The advantages are enormous; we are at the tail end of concluding our national dairy and breeding policy.” he noted.

Scannews 24 gathered, that the Chairman of the congress, Dr. Ayok Celestine, and the participants, unanimously urged government, to establish effective price stability support mechanism to attract and protect investment in dairy farming they and also, called for robust intervention in addressing infrastructure deficits militating against the sub sector.

Dr. Celestine suggested an upgrade of genetic potential of indigenous dairy breeds through crossbreeding and selection in order to enhance productivity and profitability of emerging dairy ventures in Africa.

Nigeria’s population estimated

Recall that the Population Commission, yesterday, estimated Nigeria’s population at 190 million.

The Director-General of the commission, Dr Ghaji Ismail, who spoke at a press conference tagged ‘25 Years of ICPD: Accelerating the Promise,’ on Tuesday, said it was imperative to conduct another census as soon as possible.

Ismail said, “Based on data available to us, the present population is about 190 million. About three months ago, UNFPA brought out a figure of 201 million. The UN figure is a function of the assumptions they have made.

“You have to use models to arrive at the figures you are projecting. The margin of error is very small. It is more imperative that the government should undertake another census.

“It strengthens our case that we should have undertaken another census; the last one was in 2006 and we should have had another in 2016 in line with the 10-year global requirement.”

The NPC DG explained that the urgency of a national census had positive implications for national security.

He added, “For the last three to four years, we have been preparing and there is a process which gives us a lot of hope that this will soon be addressed.”

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