The pastoralists from Itenga A village in Nsimbo district made the statement during a visit by experts from the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries in order to provide education on the importance of using the Electronic Livestock Identification system.
One of the pastoralists who was attending an auction, Magunano Isaka, said, “We thank the government for starting this system of identifying livestock using electronic means, for we have been victims of livestock theft which has been a big challenge to us”.
He added that pastoralists in the region have accepted the new system knowing that it will help curb the problem of livestock theft. The electronic earrings will also aid pastoralists to be identified and enable them to acquire loans and insurance.
Through the system, the goverment will be able to spot the needs of the pastoralists considering the number of livestock owned especially when they are grazed in areas with pasture.
The Assistant Director for the Control of Pests’ Transmitted Diseases from WMUV, Dr Benezeth Lutege, said that the government has initiated the issue on identification , registration and livestock tracking as a gateway to help pastoralists gain access to both local and international markets.