LAHORE – Punjab Info Know-how Board (PITB) has reached an settlement with the Meals and Agriculture Group of the United Nations (FAO) to develop the Pakistan Animal Identification and Traceability System (PAITS). The ceremony was held at Nationwide Agriculture Analysis Middle (NARC).
The settlement was signed by PITB Director-Common IT-Ops Faisal Yousaf and FAO’s consultant in Pakistan, Florence Marie Rolle. FMD Administration Specialist (FAO) Dr. Muhammad Afzal, Animal Husbandry Commissioner (MinNFS&R) Dr. Muhammad Akram and Nationwide Professional on Animal ID (FAO) Dr. Zahida Fatima, PITB Director IT-Ops Khurram Mushtaq together with PITB workforce have been additionally current on the event.
Speaking to the members, PITB DG-IT Ops Faisal Yousaf mentioned, “This reliable system will help in managing animal and farm identification, traceability, animal health information and performance recording data in Pakistan. Animal identification and traceability systems are increasingly being used to support livestock production, animal health, trade and veterinary public health in many countries of the world.”
Apprising the members, FAO consultant Florence Marie Rolle mentioned, “The system will initially be used for cattle and buffaloes roll to be expanded later to include other species.” She additional said that identification of farm and particular person animals are important elements in managing animal motion which helps in controlling and stopping the unfold of animal illnesses and entry to commerce in livestock and their merchandise. Beneath the WTO SPS Settlement, worldwide requirements for the management of animal illnesses and commerce in livestock and their merchandise have been established. One such requirement is a dependable system for animal identification for traceability.
The principle advantages of the venture additionally embody improved meals security and high quality management, worth addition to the merchandise, export, and certification, estimation of illness losses and administration of veterinary service, illness prevention, and management, animal administration, genetic enchancment, prevention of livestock theft and higher administration of livestock in disasters.
It’s pertinent to say right here that livestock contributes considerably to Pakistan’s agriculture with 11.2% of Nationwide Gross Home Product (GDP) and 60.5 % of agriculture worth nevertheless it has not been totally utilized up to now. It’s noticed that varied animal identification methods embody branding, tattooing, ear tags, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). Although, the usage of identification kind utterly relies on the target, frequency of studying, and out there sources.