Veterinary association urges amendment of outdated livestock laws

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The Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) has called for the amendment of outdated laws on livestock production in the country to address many challenges facing the sector.

The Chairman, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Chapter, Dr Bala Mohammed, told newsmen in Abuja on Thursday that the bills seeking the amendment of the outdated laws were before the National Assembly.

“We have actually taken the right steps in making sure that these laws are amended. The laws are old and some are above 30 years. The situation then and now are totally different.

“Some of these laws like the Veterinary Teaching Hospital bill, the Veterinary Surgeon Act and the Animal Disease Act are waiting in the National Assembly to receive attention.

“I believe that if these laws are amended fast, they will address the many challenges that is posing serious threat to our existence as a nation such as farmers/herdsmen clashes, security and unemployment,’’ he said.

He explained that the association would look out for the right husbandry system that would suit different regions in the country to assist in ending farmers/herdsmen clashes.

“Technically, we allow the political leadership to do the right diagnosis of the situation on ground but as professionals, it is for us to look out for the right husbandry system that will suit different regions in our country.

“Ours is a very big economy, when you look at the size of our country, you will find out that what is obtainable in the south may not be right for the north. So, we have to go back to the drawing table in making sure that we advise the politicians on the best way to resolve this challenges,’’ he said.

(NAN)