This may sound strange but please believe this story. The Indian government is making plans to provide a 12 digit unique identification numbers for cows and buffaloes in the country to prevent their trafficking. This story actually broke a couple of weeks ago but its uniqueness makes it very fresh.
Chinese news agency, Xinhua, reported that the information was submitted by the federal government in the country’s top court, which was hearing a petition by an organisation alleging rampant smuggling of cattle across the border of Bangladesh.
According to an official, “Solicitor general Ranjit Kumar told Supreme Court Monday that in order to tackle the illegal smuggling of cows and other cattle, it’s (gov’t) had accepted the recommendation of an expert group to provide a unique identification number (UIN) for each one.”
“It may be made mandatory for cows and their progeny throughout India,” the official quoted solicitor general as saying, adding that “each animal will be tagged proper records of identification details – age, breed, sex, lactation, height, body colour, horn type, tail switch and special marks.”
This plan is in line with India’s huge national identity scheme project, which requires that biometric identity card be made available to its citizens.
Thequint.com also reported that the plan was to keep track of cattle so that they can be vaccinated on time and also adopt technological means to increase breeding, milk production, and to double the income of dairy farmers by 2022. According to reports, will trained technicians affix a polyurethanetag in the ears of cows with a tag applicator. The tag which is tamper-proof cannot be pulled out by tugging and it is long lasting. After fixing the tag, the technician will update the number in an online database and further provide the cattle owner with an ‘animal health card’ containing information such as the Unique Identification (UID) number, owner’s details, vaccination dates of the animals, among others.
This is really interesting o! So if a herds man attacks a village and runs away leaving his cattle behind, it means he can be traced through the ID card of his cattle.
So you have heard it; cows to have ID card in India! Do you think this could help us in this country to solve the problem of illegal cattle grazing on people’s farms if we adopt it in this country? Once you see any cow close your lodge you ask it “Omo where you dey go?” Imagine where you get to an office for national identity card registration and you are standing on the line with cows. E go be fun o! Wetin you feel? Should our own government consider this plan?