Digitalizing cows in Georgia
Veterinary technician, Shorena Jambazishvili, uploads the data of vaccinated animals into Georgia’s National Animal Identification and Traceability System, implemented with the technical assistance of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
In February, when the streets of Sachkhere, Georgia are covered with snow and temperatures reach -2 degrees Celsius outside, 39-year-old Shorena Jambazishvili collects her plastic gloves, new syringes, some medicines and a smartphone and makes her way to the farm.
It’s early morning, and it is time for the first round of vaccinations. Shorena, as a veterinary technician, works alongside the veterinarian to vaccinate all the cows in the municipality and then digitalize the information.
In the team of two, she is responsible for inputting all data into Georgia’s online National Animal Identification and Traceability System (NAITS), which has revolutionized the country’s animal traceability scheme in the past five years. Implemented by the Government of Georgia, with the technical assistance of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), NAITS records the data of all livestock that must be registered by law, their keepers and keeping locations.
Tracing animals and animal-origin products in a prompt and timely manner through NAITS is an integral part of the food safety chain. By registering and verifying the origin and health of the animals at every step of the value chain, NAITS ensures the delivery of safe food from farm to table.
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