Blockchain Tech Start-up Company, RippleNami Inc. in collaboration with Veterinary Association (KVA) have launched a livestock identification and tracking program in Kenya, this is Kenya’s first real-time program of its kind, and it will be in use in the arid part of the country. Tagged as the “Livestock Identification and Traceability System,” the program also had its backing from the Directorate of Veterinary Services and a local bank.
RippleNami whose essential service is to provide blockchain data visualization platform plans to help farmers ease the identification and tracking of their cattle and other livestock animals. This innovation also features a real-time livestock geo-positioning and diseases detection as well as recording essential livestock biological data to its web-enabled database. The program is based on the platform designed by Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) technology and RippleNami.
The founder of RippleNami, Phil Gahn said that:
“We are thrilled to be selected as the trusted partner by innovators like KVA and Directorate of Veterinary Services” “Because the RippleNami real-time data capture and visualization application is completely self-service, any organization can capture, visualize and track sensitive data assets within days of installation. By combining the intuitive visualisation of big data with cloud-based, blockchain technology, emerging economies are leveraging RippleNami proprietary technology to map vital geo-assets, generate new economic transactional exchanges while accessing a uniform data platform for their electronic data infrastructure build out.”
Better Livestock Management for Farmers
For livestock farmers, implementing this program tends to address the difficulties they usually encounter, these challenges include ailment control and exploration and traceability, drug deposits in livestock and their products, inadequate wellbeing and food security and livestock health measure among others. Livestock farmers are getting fundamental information on cultivation including bolstering, inoculations, and treatment through this innovation. Banks and other financial institutions are now suitable to offer cattle rarer small scale loan benefits, insurances, credit facilities and financial assistance thanks to RippleNami’s end-to-end solution.
Kenya’s National Chairman of the Veterinary Association, Dr. Samuel Kahariri, noted that:
“The power to geographically visualize the registration of individual animals, farms, holdings, premises and herds now permit us to aid in the enforcement of laws regarding livestock movements, it improves access to local and International markets for livestock and livestock products and improves the efficiency of disease control initiatives. This system is one of the key pre-requisites in the commercialization of Kenya’s livestock sector as it enters international markets. This public-private partnership offers powerfully intuitive methods to visualise data and identify patterns that quickly lead to actionable outcomes for us.”
The initiative has just been implemented in Laikipia County in a joint effort with the Laikipia County Government, State Department of Livestock and various stakeholders. The first phase of the Livestock Identification and Traceability system reached its registration objectives of 40,000 cattle, 702 owners, and 381 premises in just two months. The next implementation on another county is scheduled for June 2018, the organizers expect even more turn outs in subsequent counties.