Friday, 19 July 2019

Minister announces issuance of birth certificate to cows

According to reports, Mr. Vincent Ssempijja, Uganda'a Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries has announced the decision of the government to issue birth certificates to cows and registration of farmers in Uganda. TDN can confirm. 

Ssempijja, who addressed his audience during the formal launching the National Agricultural Show at the Source of the Nile grounds in Jinja on early this week, said the move was necessary, enable them benefit from the international market as well as ensure products can be traced to its original owners.

Ssempijja said, "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."

The minister added, "Farmers will be registered and their products 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 added.

Culled from IgbereTV