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Monday, March 2, 2020

FUNAAB Scientists To Tackle Cattle Rustling, Others Using Animals Tracking Device

From Heritage Odih, Abeokuta

Scientists at the Federal University of Agriculture, (FUNAAB)Abeokuta, Ogun State, are brainstorming on how to deploy their expertise towards inventing scientific and technology - driven tracking device to help locate rustled cattles and missing or straying animals as well as prevent theft.

This objective formed the focus of a workshop organised by the institution's Department of Computer Science to sensitize farmers within and outside the university community on "Intelligent Animal Tracking and Pastoral Management."

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kolawole Salako, who declared the workshop open, said the essence of it was to integrate resources within the University for the benefit of pastoralists and others in the business animals management.

Salako who represented by the Head, Department of Physics, College of Physical Sciences (COLPHYS), Prof. Biodun Badmus,
said the University was also expecting much results from researchers and expressed the  hope participants would produce useful outcome in the areas of animal tracking.

The Head, Department of Computer Science, Prof. Olusegun Folorunso said that embarking on the research was a right move in the right direction, saying the topic of discussion was as old as man.

According to him Olusegun, even though there was no technology to back it up in the past, it become imperative for researchers to try to put such in place today. 

He stressed the importance of developing technology to manage animal tracking, saying it would go a long way at benefitting both the government and local farmers.

He explained that tracking animals would facilitate easy and quick location of livestock, thereby avoiding loss, theft, prevent wandering of animals, ensuring food security and helping to eliminate the recurring clashes between crop farmers and herdsmen in the country.

The Director, Information and Communication Resource Centre (ICTREC), the Prof. Adesina Agboola, lauded the organisers for planning such a workshop that would change the traditional ways of doing things to a more advanced approach. 

The Dean of COLPHYS, Prof. Adio Akinwale, appealed to the University Management to keep supporting programmes that would improve its internally-generated revenue drive.

 The workshop, which afforded participants an opportunity to get information on animal tracking methods and devices, was attended by farmers and researchers within and outside the University.

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