According to the Ugandan government, the move will help with traceability of the animal’s products – It will also help owners benefit from international markets which are keen on the source of the products – The products from each cattle will be given bar-codes to trace their source in case of problems – The cattle will be registered alongside their owners and thereafter they will be issued with a birth certificate .
While Kenya is dealing with the reality of meat laced with excess preservatives to prolong its shelf life, the Ugandan government has come up with a way to trace meat back to its original source. Kampala on Tuesday, July 16, announced plans to issue its cattle with birth certificates after registering them for the traceability of their products in the markets.
The birth certificates will not only be used for traceability but will also help the owners of the cattle to benefit from the international market
According to the minister, the decision was informed by market demands that all countries producing foodstuff and crops for the European market produce its traceability. ‘‘They 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,” Ssempijja added. “Farmers will be registered and their products given bar codes so that if they find a problem with one box, they look for the source and sort out the problem. We cannot enter lucrative market unless farmers register,” the minister added.
“Apart from traceability of the products, the team also wants to ensure that farmers benefit directly because many of them are cheated by middlemen,” said Ssempijja “Government will not cater for those who defy the order when it comes to markets,” said the minister. Although President Yoweri Museveni was not present at the occasion, his message was delivered saying people want to know what they are buying, where it is coming from and its quality. “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,’’ Museveni said. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) representative in Uganda, Antonio Querido, said Uganda needs livestock traceability for better agricultural product transaction on the market.