Optimisation of Livestock Identification and Trace-back System LITS Database to meet Local Needs: Case Study of Botswana
Keywords:ICT use in Agriculture, Cattle farming in Botswana, Livestock Identification and Trace-back System
Livestock Identification and Trace-back System was implemented by the Botswana Government to meet the traceability requirement imposed by the European Union. To date, no study has been done in Botswana to explore the extent to which the Livestock Identification and Trace-back System is used to support farmers in cattle management.
This study established that although the LITS database has the potential to be used to meet local needs of cattle farmers and other stakeholders, it is not. The researcher argues that the LITS database can be used for other cattle management related purposes such as cattle tracing within Botswana and proposes that those in charge of stray cattle and the police, be allowed limited access to the database for work related purposes.