Mr Vincent Ssempijja, the Ugandan Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, has stated that the government would be issuing birth certificates to cows and also registering farmers as well.
According to him, they are to issue the certificate in order to ensure the traceability of their products and to enable them to benefit from the international market.
“They (international market) want to know where the products are coming from; they have been impounding and banning all consignments from Uganda if they find one box with issues.”
“Farmers will be registered and their products are given barcodes so that if they find a problem with one box, they look for the source and sort out the problem. We cannot enter the lucrative market unless farmers register.’’
‘‘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 depending on their age,”
He made this statement while speaking at the official opening of the National Agricultural Show at the Source of the Nile grounds in Jinja on Tuesday