DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Cattle in the Dominican Republic will now be traced through a national system logging breeding data and health records.
The traceability programme, launched by the ministry of agriculture last week, hopes to bring Dominican cattle health and monitoring protocols up to international standards.
"What we are doing is for Dominican Republic to become one of the largest exporters of meat and dairy in the world," said Agriculture Minister Angel Estevez (pictured).
The ministry’s message is that the scheme, part of an ‘irreversible global trend of recording information’, will benefit all through food security lines.
Summarising benefits for cattlemen: “It benefits producers because it enables consumers to obtain timely information that translates into greater confidence and security of the food you eat,” the government said in a statement.
The statement added: “From the business perspective, traceability also allows producers to maintain eligibility of current exports target markets and gain access to new markets.
“While from the point of view of health validation and recognition of national systems, and safety of the animals are disease free is obtained.
“Other approaches allow planning based on livestock numbers, races, etc and better control of smuggling and theft.”
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