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 reports that Mr. Vincent Ssempijja, the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, on Tuesday said 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 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. We cannot enter lucrative markets unless farmers register.”
Mr Ssempijja added that all the cattle must be registered and given “birth certificates”.