African countries studying NamLITS

12 Dec 2016 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 DEC (NAMPA) – A delegation of 20 agricultural ministers from east, west and southern African countries are in Namibia on a technical visit.
The ministers are from Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Djibouti, Somalia and Swaziland.
During a media conference in the capital on Monday, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Anna Shiweda said the visit would strengthen Intra-Africa collaboration.
“The purpose of this interaction is to share information on the practical implementation of the Livestock Identification and Traceability System,” Shiweda said.
Namibia has 2,2 million cattle, around 2 million sheep and 2,1 million goats.
These animals are distributed throughout the country with the majority of them in the Northern Communal Areas.
The Namibia Livestock Identification and Traceability System was introduced to track and trace animals across the country.
“Our system is based on individual identification of animals using ear tags, registration of animals on the farms or holdings, management of a central database and issuance of movement permits,” Shiweda said.
The Ethiopian State Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Gebregziabher Gebreyohannes said his country identified Namibia as a country to learn from.
“What we will learn in Namibia will be of great help as we will use it back in our country as well,” he said.
The ministers’ visit started on Monday and ends Thursday.