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Ministry to disable idle stock brands

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform has expressed concern over the high number of registered stock brands, which are not in use and outdated livestock-related information.

According to a statement issued by executive director Ndiyakupi Nghituwamata, the ministry will undertake an awareness campaign for farmers on the Namibia livestock Identification and Traceability System (Namlits) and stock brands.

The campaign will be carried out by officials from the Directorate of Veterinary Services, in collaboration with the Meat Board of Namibia, from 17 July to 31 October.

“To address the issue, registered stock brands that have not been in use for two or more years will be deactivated in line with the Stock Brands Act,” said Nghituwamata.

She said the campaign aims to raise awareness and educate farmers on the appropriate use of cattle ear tags, stock brands, as well as to provide guidance on how to register on Namlits online.

“There will be dedicated stations in each region to assist livestock farmers to update stock brands, ear tags and livestock-related information on Namlits,” the statement said.

Nghituwamata said the Meat Board of Namibia and veterinary services officials will visit all the regions in the country to engage livestock farmers and regional authorities on the campaign. She added that a programme on the visits will be released soon.
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