The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) published the terms of reference for the Livestock Identification and Traceability System South Africa committee. The world organisation for animal health (OIE) recognises South Africa’s Chief Directorate of Animal Production and Health as the competent authority.
During the animal identification, recording and traceability consultative workshop of 14 August 2017, DAFF and the livestock industry agreed to establish a public private/partnership to drive the implementation of a practical national system for livestock identification and traceability.
The LITS SA was established to develop and drive the implementation of the national livestock identification and traceability system for animals and animal products. The vision is to institute a national livestock identification and traceability system for South Africa and the overall aim is to ensure the implementation of an internationally recognised LITS system in South Africa.
This will start by implementing the following steps:
- Upgrade of the AIDA database to be incorporated into an updated IT system.
- Building a traceability system for FMD control areas.
- Building a traceability system for livestock in South Africa.
- Registration of commercial farms/communal properties.
- Establishing/enforcing movement control.
- Identifying animals in a prescribed manner and keeping records thereof.
- Capturing relevant information on a database.
- Identifying and implementing pilot projects which could achieve the final aim. –RPO Newsletter