In response to latest safety moves by regulators of the European market, birth certificate will forthwith be issued to cattle and farmers duly registered in Uganda, the government has said.
Vincent Ssempijja, the country’s Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries said the move is to ensure that meat supplies and other consignments from Uganda are not turned back or impounded by international market watchdogs, who are very keen on tracing where products are coming from for obvious safety reasons.
“They want to know where the meat and crop products are coming from.
“They have been impounding and banning all consignments from Uganda if they find one box with issues.
“We cannot enter lucrative markets unless farmers register,” he said at the official opening of the National Agricultural Show in Jinja, southern Uganda. went on to say that all the cattle must be registered and given “birth certificates”.
“For cattle farmers, it is going to be worse. You will be registered as a farmer, the cow will be registered, numbered and will have a birth certificate because the importers of our products demand meat for cows aged between 15 to 24 months.
“So we are going to sell the meat depending on their age,” he added.
An audit team from the European Union is expected to arrive in Uganda in September to that effect, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.