Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Mr Vincent Ssempijja, reportedly said to begin issuance of birth certificate to cows and registering farmers henceforth. reports Daily Monitor.
while speaking at the official opening of the National Agricultural Show at the Source of the Nile grounds in Jinja on Tuesday, Ssempijja said the move was necessary, to help track movement their products and to enable them to benefit from the international market.
Part of the statement reads: “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 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.’’ The minister added,
‘‘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.