Cows will be registered, numbered and will have a birth certificate, the Ugandan government has said.
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni said the registration of the animals will make Uganda effectively and sustainably penetrate the international market. Speaking during the national agricultural show launch in Jinja grounds on Tuesday, Museveni said that farmers will be registered too.
“People want to know what they are buying to eat, where it is coming from, its quality and what they are spending their money on, registering farmers is a major requirement. We cannot do without it and if we ignore it, we will lose to competition in the international market,” he said.
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Uganda’s Agriculture Minister Vincent Ssempijja said registering the country’s farmers and their cows will aid in the trace ability of their products and enable them to benefit from the international market. The international market demands that all countries producing foodstuff and crops for the European market produce its trace ability. he added.
Ssempijja said an audit team from the European Union is expected in Uganda in September to ensure that all farmers producing commodities destined for Europe are registered.