The agricultural network for family farmers, Saai, today announced that it would soon be augmenting its livestock theft app, STIC, to prioritise the traceability of the movement of livestock. This follows the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ announcement that foot-and-mouth disease had broken out in the Molemole district in Limpopo. The Department subsequently announced a temporary ban in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng and the North-West on auctions of all stock that are subject to this disease.
“The STIC app was initially created to empower community structures by enabling them to combat livestock theft in a proactive manner. In light of the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, we will be adding the traceability function as soon as possible to the app,” says Francois Rossouw, CEO of Saai.
The traceability technology comes from China and was used to fight African swine flu after an outbreak of the disease wiped out almost half of the country’s female swine. STIC, developed by the African Farmers Network, will implement the same protocols as the Chinese traceability system. Although STIC is being developed continuously, family farmers can already use the app by registering at https://stocktheft.com/.
Send your name to the Saai WhatsApp group at 066 071 6094 to keep abreast of the app’s latest developments.