Friday, April 12, 2024

NIAS Deploys Technology To Check Quackery in Livestock Industry

The Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) disclosed that it has deployed the use of technology to check quackery in the animal husbandry value chain in the South-South zone 11 of Edo, Delta and Baylsa states.

The Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) disclosed that it has deployed the use of technology to check quackery in the animal husbandry value chain in the South-South zone 11 of Edo, Delta and Baylsa states.

The Registrar of the Institute, Prof. Eustace Iyayi in Benin at one-day South- South Zone 11 stakeholders’ town hall meeting, disclosed that people who are doing it rightly are losing money due to activities of quackery.

The NIAS as a regulatory agency for animal science practice with powers to regulate all matters pertaining to animal husbandry in Nigeria, ensures that all it members have an annual practicing license to be able to practice as an animal scientist.

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According to him, the essence of the town hall meeting is to meet with stakeholders in the animal science practice, hear from them the challenges hindering the growth of the sector and get ideas on how to resolve those problems.

He disclosed that what the institute is trying to do is to eliminate quackery in the livestock sector with coding and tracking device, adding that they have started it with the poultry value chain with the use of technology to sanitize the day-old-chicks value chain.

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“We discovered that people just hatch eggs of low quality and put in cartoons of very well-known hatcheries and sell as products of those known hatchery. We have worked with a technological company to produce a tracking and coding device which has been launched”.

” This device is going to be deployed to mark cartoons and we will be able to track and trace the hatcheries to know where they are coming from. The coded cartoons are not going to be made available to quacks. So we can easily differentiate between the original and fake hatcheries,” he said.

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