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Ugandan cattle to get “birth certificates”

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“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"

Cows gather in line on a plot of deforested Amazon rainforest near the city of Uruara. The Ugandan government has announced plans to register all farmers and their cattle, including issuing "birth certificates" for the animals.

The Ugandan government has announced plans to register all farmers and their cattle, including issuing “birth certificates” for the animals, so it can trace their products.

The East African reported that Vincent Ssempijja, the minister for agriculture, animal industry and fisheries, said the procedure was necessary as the international market demanded that all countries producing food for the European market needed to provide proof so that the food could be traced.

“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 at the official opening of the National Agricultural Show in Jinja, southern Uganda.

“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.

“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.

An audit team from the EU will arrive in Uganda in September so that all farmers producing commodities destined for Europe are registered.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation representative in Uganda, Antonio Querido, said the country needed livestock traceability for better product transaction in the international market.

– African News Agency (ANA)