Pri­mary in­dus­try pro­tec­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

that as well. There’ll be a sys­tem set up. At the mo­ment we don’t know what that looks like, it’s be­ing de­vel­oped, but we will keep peo­ple in­formed.’’

Once the scheme is up and run­ning there will be a num­ber of ways to con­tact NAIT, by phone, web­site, through del­e­gates or an­i­mal in­for­ma­tion ser­vice providers.

NAIT ra­dio fre­quency iden­ti­fi­ca­tion de­vices are avail­able from any ru­ral re­tail store, al­though at this stage it’s sim­ply to give farm­ers and life­style block own­ers a chance to get used to the tech­nol­ogy be­fore it be­comes manda­tory.

NAIT is an in­dus­try­owned com­pany es­tab­lished to de­velop and im­ple­ment the scheme.

Es­tab­lished in June 2010, the com­pany is gov­erned by a board of five in­de­pen­dent direc­tors with a nine­mem­ber stake­holder ref­er­ence group.

Canada set up a sim­i­lar sys­tem in 2002; Aus­tralia fol­lowed in 2006. Other coun­tries with a na­tional an­i­mal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion scheme in­clude Bri­tain, the Nether­lands, Switzer­land, Ja­pan, South Korea, Ar­gentina, Brazil, and the US. Fur­ther de­tails are avail­able on the NAIT web­site.

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