It appears that more funny business is unfolding in the world of agriculture and farming, specifically involving the creeping increase of monitoring and data collection.
Sheep producers in Esperance and Ravensthorpe, as well as cattle producers in the Great Southern (WA), have the ‘opportunity’ to join a surveillance network and ‘keep up-to-date’ with livestock health issues in their area.
The project, facilitated by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), uses SMS technology to “help protect Western Australia’s biosecurity and livestock markets”.
Network members will participate in a short series of SMS text messages each fortnight, which will ask if they have seen any illness in their sheep or cattle.
Producers involved will provide ‘the network’ valuable information that is relevant to their businesses, and will receive data on the biosecurity status on the WA livestock.
It is recommencing for the 2021 calendar year, following a successful pilot program in 2018.
DPIRD veterinary officer, Kristine Rayner, said the networks aimed to provide members with updated information about health issues occurring in these regions, while strengthening WA’s ability to more rapidly detect new or exotic diseases and supporting market access.
That’s right, farmers in Western Australia will be encouraged to provide live updates of their produce status directly to the government, in hopes it will only be used to gather ‘livestock data’.
“These networks have benefits both for local producers and for animal health surveillance in Western Australia,” Rayner said.
“Producer members will receive a regular surveillance report for their region, which will help members make informed onfarm decisions that improve animal health and production.
She added: “WA has a reputation for producing healthy livestock and our animal health surveillance system helps to prove that our livestock are free from diseases to support our ability to sell livestock both here and overseas.”
“These surveillance networks are designed to strengthen this system.”
It seems suspicious that after almost a decade of advanced data-gathering techniques, the last few years have been the period that surveillance networks are beginning to pop up. What took so long? What kind of information will be gathered and reported on?
“This information will be collated in monthly reports, outlining what illnesses have been occurring in their area, what the common causes were and what they might be able do about them,” Rayner said.
Is that all that will be gathered? Can WA farmers really trust that live information provided will only be used for these purposes? Given the track record of government, this seems unlikely.
Furthermore, what could the be the deeper underlying agenda that is at play here? Are they really doing this to protect the wellbeing of livestock?
Let’s look to similar programs popping up across the country to explore further.
POST-BUSHFIRE AI PROGRAM
Artificial intelligence and an army of new agricultural camera programs are beginning to offered as a ‘solution’ to many types of outback problems in Australia.
WA isn’t the only state to start a heavy focus on farming and bush surveillance.
More than 600 AI-powered cameras are also being installed across the country to ‘track the movements of Australia’s bushfire-affected wildlife’, it was recently announced.
The new program, called An Eye on Recovery, is led by World Wide Fund For Nature Australia (WWF) and Conservation International, with a US $1 million grant from Google.
It is described as a “a large-scale collaborative camera project”.
The cameras will survey areas in the Blue Mountains, East Gippsland, Kangaroo Island and South-East Queensland to find where ‘further recovery actions’ are needed.
TOTT News raised suspicions about this program at the time.
WWF Australia’s Head of Healthy Land and Seascapes, Darren Grover, said it would provide a ‘good indication of how the bushfire-affected areas were recovering’.
“By having more than 600 sets of eyes out there across Eastern Australia including Kangaroo Island, we’ll start to get an indication of how that wildlife is faring or how that wildlife has suffered,” he said.
He said the use of artificial intelligence could “revolutionise” the way wildlife are monitored.
Yeah, right, ‘wildlife’.
Now, for those who may not be familiar with the devious nature of statistics, most population counts you see in the world are a hoax. Nobody is out there individually counting populations.
The numbers we see reported for wildlife, and even humans, are all computer estimates.
Another case of ‘problem, reaction, solution’ at play.
Not only did initial coverage serve to garner the heart strings of the world, but now a so-called ‘recovery program’ is being used as the guise to cover the east coast in cameras and sensors.
The program is predicted to compliment existing regional surveillance programs carried out by authorities, all designed for incremental fulfilment of the Agenda 2030 vision.
This is where we find the true intention of both programs.
This isn’t about ‘monitoring animals’, it is about monitoring you.
Authorities have been slowly establishing a sophisticated network of regional surveillance.
The Regional Force Surveillance Group comprises of the Army’s three Regional Force Surveillance Units, or RFSUs, established in 2018 to patrol the lands surrounding us.
The group is tasked to: “provide a littoral surveillance and reconnaissance capability … in order to support whole-of-government efforts to maintain national sovereignty and border security”.
Upon formation, the Regional Force Surveillance Group comprised of:
- Group Headquarters located at Larrakeyah Barracks in Darwin.
- NORFORCE (responsible for the Northern Territory and Kimberley region of Western Australia).
- The Pilbara Regiment (responsible for the Pilbara region of Western Australia).
- 51st Battalion, Far North Queensland Regiment (responsible for North Queensland).
- Indigenous Development Wing
The group’s headquarters provides a single formation headquarters to formalise command and control arrangements and knowledge sharing between the three units.
According to their website, the surveillance group covers an area of operations which encompasses approximately 52 per cent of the Australian continent.
This includes an arc which covers the North and North West of Australia from Geraldton in Western Australia, across the Northern Territory, through Far North Queensland and south to Cardwell.
Can you guess about the other 48%? Most of it are populated city areas, which are being transformed into state-of-the-art surveillance dystopias themselves.
Could this all be a plan to ensure regional Australia is under total surveillance as this plan continues to unfold? For those who try to flee to the push or form their own communities?
Will there soon be anywhere that can be travelled that won’t be seen?
No doubt authorities are preparing for an approaching era of social apartheid, but I am sure this is all just a ‘coincidence’. Nothing to see here. It’s only about animals.
Let’s share this information with farmers to help them become informed and not fall into this potential surveillance trap.
We will follow this story for any new developments.
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