In a surprise and comical move, the government of Uganda has ordered that all Ugandan cows be registered and issued with birth certificates.
According to President Yoweri Museveni, the registration will help Uganda better penetrate the international beef market.
“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,”
Regarding the issue, Mr. Vincent Ssempijja, Uganda’s Minister for Agriculture, said the international market dictates that all countries producing food for the European market should have proof of its traceability.
“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,” he said recently during the official opening of the National Agricultural Show in Jinja.
“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 lucrative markets unless farmers register.”
He further divulged that countries that import Ugandan beef demand that the meat should be from cows aged between 15 to 24 months.
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