The Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform will be carrying out an awareness campaign on the Namibia Livestock Identification and Traceability System and stock brands.
The campaign will be undertaken by the ministry's Directorate of Veterinary Services and the Meat Board of Namibia from the 17th of this month until the 31st of October.
The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness and educate farmers on the appropriate use of cattle eartags and stock brands, as well as provide guidance on how to register on NamLITS online.
In a public notice, the ministry's Executive Director, Ndiyakupi Nghituwamata, explained that the campaign was prompted by the high number of stock brands registered on the NamLits database that are not in use as well as outdated livestock information.
Nghituwamata explained that brands that are not in use will be deactivated in line with the Stock Brand Act 24 of 1995.
The ministry will also have dedicated stations in each region to assist livestock farmers in updating their livestock brands, eartags, and other information on NamLITS.
Officials from the Meat Board and the Directorate of Veterinary Services will also be visiting all the regions to engage farmers and regional authorities in the campaign.