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Uganda To Issue Birth Certificates To Cows

Uganda to issue birth certificates to Cows

A proactive measure taken by the Ugandan government to ensure the traceability of products and benefit from the international market to local farmers, will have cows being issued birth certificates.  Uganda’s Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Mr Vincent Ssempijja confirmed this while speaking at the official opening of the National Agricultural Show at the Source of the Nile grounds in Jinja.

Daily Monitor reported that he 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.” He 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.” Minister says 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.

Apart from traceability of the products, the team also wants to ensure that farmers benefit directly because many of them are cheated by middlemen. Government will not cater for those who defy the order when it comes to markets,” he announced, refuting allegations that the registration is aimed at imposing a tax on them. President Yoweri Museveni, in a message delivered by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, said Ugandans need to be more competitive in so they can benefit from the international 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. 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. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) representative in Uganda, Mr Antonio Querido, said Uganda needs livestock traceability for better product transaction in the international market.

Agriculture is one of the important sectors for Uganda’s economy in terms of employment, food security and wealth creation, contributing about 25 per cent of the national GDP and employing over 70 per cent of the population.Its export earnings rose by 9.6 per cent to $3.93 billion between July 2018 and March 2019 – up from $3.59 billion a year earlier.President Museveni attributed the increase to a raise in export volumes of coffee, tea, maize, beans and the continued investment in agriculture.

Uganda, officially the Republic of Uganda, is a country in East-Central Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the south-west by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania. Uganda is in the African Great Lakes region. Uganda also lies within the Nile basin, and has a varied but generally a modified equatorial climate.

The country's natural environment provided good grazing for cattle, sheep, and goats, with indigenous breeds dominating most livestock in Uganda, Smallholder farmers owned about 95 percent of all cattle. The Ugandan government sure no what they are doing and intending to achieve by this measure but the question is can they keep up this policy,and how many cows can you hey actually register?

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