There are new reports that Uganda government are planning to register all farmers and their cattle, including issuing “birth certificates” for the animals, so it can trace their products.
According to the Minister for Agriculture, Mr Vincent Ssempijja, this is because the international market demands 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 on Tuesday.
“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 lucrative markets unless farmers register.”
Mr Ssempijja added that all the cattle must be registered and given “birth certificates”.
“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 [the meat] depending on their age,” he added.