Leading telecommunications firm, MTN, has unveiled Animal Identification Management Solution (AIMS) to check cattle theft at Runka Game Reserve in Katsina State.
The solution, powered by MTN, utilises microchips, about the size of a grain of rice, embedded in each animal.
The chips use passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFId) technology, allowing law enforcement agents, veterinarians, owners, sellers, transporters and other relevant parties easily determine the ownership and origins of animals using handheld scanners and a short code.
MTN is working with Katsina State government on the project.
Before unveiling the product, MTN engaged in extensive consultation and live demonstrations with leaders and members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in the state as well as those in Kano and Kaduna State.
Governor Aminu Maisari explained that the project is consistent with the world organisation for animal health, and calls on his colleagues to key into the project to effectively tackle the menace in the entire northern region.