FCT herds­men to get cat­tle track­ing de­vices …As min­is­ter sets up com­mit­tee on graz­ing re­serves

Sunday Trust - - AGRIC BUSINESS - By Sa­fina Buhari

The Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT), un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Malam Muham­mad Musa Bello, has keyed in the Ra­dio Fre­quency Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion De­vice (RFID) launched by Zy­com Sur­veil­lance Nige­ria Lim­ited in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Cat­tle Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion in the ter­ri­tory.

This was re­vealed by the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of FCT, Mr Chinyeaka Ohaa, who rep­re­sented the min­is­ter at the just con­cluded 3-day na­tional con­fer­ence on live­stock in Abuja.

“The de­vice is de­signed to pro­vide the unique iden­tity of each cat­tle, track their lo­ca­tion any­where and help in en­forc­ing com­pli­ance of the herders to au­tho­rised graz­ing rules,” he said.

In ad­di­tion, the FCT ad­min­is­tra­tion has re­cruited 220 ve­teri­nary doc­tors and 12 an­i­mal health of­fi­cers to en­hance agri­cul­tural mon­i­tor­ing and ex­ten­sion ser­vices.

Re­cently, over 220,000 an­i­mals were vac­ci­nated in a two weeks in­ten­sive vac­ci­na­tion cam­paign car­ried out by the FCT Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral Devel­op­ment Sec­re­tariat, he added.

Mean­while, the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Min­is­ter, Malam Muham­mad Musa Bello, has set up a min­is­te­rial com­mit­tee on the devel­op­ment of the four graz­ing re­serves pro­vided for in the FCT mas­ter plan.

Speak­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the just con­cluded 3-day na­tional con­fer­ence on live­stock hold­ing in Abuja, where he was rep­re­sented by FCT Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Mr Chinyeaka Ohaa, the min­is­ter said the com­mit­tee has com­pleted its work and is to sub­mit its re­port soon.

He added that dis­cus­sions were also on with a Danish com­pany for the devel­op­ment of a graz­ing re­serve into a world class re­serve as a model with pro­vi­sion of ad­e­quate com­pen­sa­tion to af­fected farm­ers.

In ad­di­tion, the min­is­ter noted that the FCT ad­min­is­tra­tion has re­cently im­posed a ban on unau­tho­rised trans­porta­tion and sales of fresh meat from neigh­bour­ing states, hence only live an­i­mals are al­lowed to be brought into the ter­ri­tory.

The com­mi­tee on graz­ing re­serve is aimed at ad­dress­ing farm­ers-herders clashes

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