Published On: Tue, Sep 27th, 2022

SADC adopts tech to curb pests, animal disease

Food and Agriculture Organization Coordinator for Southern Africa, Patrice Talla

Food and Agriculture Organization Coordinator for Southern Africa, Patrice Talla

from ODIRILE TOTENG in Gaborone, Botswana
GABORONE – THE inaugural Southern African Development Community (SADC) Agricultural Information Management System (AIMS) is a major step towards curbing the threat of pests and and livestock disease.

AIMS is a platform to generate agricultural data for evidence-based decision-making for the region, introduced in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

It aims to address the unreliable and unharmonized data in the agricultural sector in Southern Africa.

The problem has ever resulted in considerable delays in planning processes for implementation of well-coordinated regional responses to curb pests, particularly the fall armyworm as well as foot and mouth disease.

Patrice Talla, FAO Coordinator for Southern Africa, described SADC AIMS as an integrated and multilingual system providing policy-makers with access to reliable and timely data on which to base policies, resource allocations and emergency interventions.

“This web-based application will provide SADC Member States with standardized instruments necessary to produce and disseminate comparable statistical information to inform SADC policies,” Talla said.

SADC AIMS is a web-based application with 12 modules for collecting, storing and analysing agricultural information.

This system is supported by a high-end server that was installed at the SADC Headquarters data centre in Botswana in February.

The 16 SADC member countries have been empowered with infrastructure for setting up a functional AIMS system at national level.

Domingos Gove, the SADC Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) Director, said sound agricultural policies that are data-driven are the backbone of a thriving agricultural sector.

They are strategic to SADC’s development, unlocking economic growth, increasing incomes, improving living standards, eradicating poverty, and enhancing food security for all Member States,” Gove said.

– CAJ News





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