New database launched for TB and brucellosis campaigns

Waimaro dairy farmer in Tailevu Havindra Singh with his left over cattle yesterday. Most of his cattle were affected with TB and slaughtered. Picture: FT FILE/RAMA

A NEW database for the Bovine Tuberculosis and Brucellosis Eradication Campaign (BTEC) has been launched by the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development, David Kolitagane, at a stakeholder’s workshop held at the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Narere campus yesterday.

Bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis have been in Fiji for many years.

It is envisaged that the database is the electronic compilation of all herd testing information in one place, allowing quick reporting and analysis.

Along with other initiatives undertaken by the Ministry of Agriculture and its partners, Bovibase will assist with systematic management and control of these diseases.

The Bovibase system was designed and developed as part of a project funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade under its Fiji Dairy Industry Development Initiative (FDIDI).

A Government statement issued this afternoon stated that the Bovibase had streamlined the data collection and reporting processes for BTEC, and had given the cattle industry a platform to allow future enhancements to be easily added – for instance, possible electronic tags for animals to automate the collection of data into the herd testing component of the system.

The system has been designed to allow farmers to login using a smartphone in the future, so they can see all data held about their farm, and use the system as a tool to help gain additional industry knowledge and to boost their production.

This database will be an industry-driven platform for data input, sharing and analysis.

 

 

 

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