CANADA - The Government of Saskatchewan has announced changes to Saskatchewan's Premises Identification (PID) programme, a key traceability tool to plan for, control and prevent the spread of animal diseases and to respond to other emergencies.
Over the coming months, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture livestock programs will begin requiring applicants to have a PID number to participate.
Saskatchewan's voluntary PID programme was launched in June 2014. Currently, less than 3,000 of the province's livestock and poultry producers, veterinarians, feedlots, and other livestock commingling sites are enrolled.
Requiring a PID number for programme eligibility will help the province reach full PID participation, which is necessary to make the system effective. Manitoba and Alberta have similar regulations that mandate enrollment in their PID programs.
An effective PID database is used to plan and implement emergency responses in the case of an animal health concern, a public health emergency, or an emergency such as a natural disaster that affects animals and people. Registrants' information will be kept private and only used in such emergencies.
The Saskatchewan PID database is funded through Growing Forward 2, a cost-shared partnership between federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments designed to support an innovative, competitive and profitable Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector.
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