News From : DagangHalal.com (04 Apr 2009)
JELI, April 4 (Bernama) — Malaysia is the first Asian country to use the Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) to keep track of livestock. Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said Malaysia would implement the identification system costing RM500 in its first phase.
“This is the first step with an allocation of RM500 million from the Veterinary Department and we will fix the RFID on 80,000 heads of cattle nationwide.
“It will be expanded to other livestock like goats if successful,” he told reporters after launching the RFID system here, Saturday.
He said the system incorporated an identification code in an ear tag fixed to the animal that had information related to the animal.
Mustapa said a microchip was attached to an antenna and the microchip had data like address, location, sex, name of breeder, origin of the livestock and date of movement.
He said if there was an outbreak of disease it was important to identify the source of outbreak so as to control spread speedily and identify the disease such as hand, foot and mouth disease.
“The movement system in the tag can be used to identify the location of livestock that had been in contact with diseased livestock so they could be quarantined and disease control can be done in a short period,” he said.
Mustapa said Malaysia needed the tracking system to increase competitiveness in the ‘halal’ food market and to abide by the import regulations of countries like the United States, those in the European Union and Middle Eastern countries.
He said the level of self-sufficiency in livestock had not been reached but the value-added industry had potential abroad and as such the RFID system was important to meet international standards.
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