Uganda makes birth certificates for cows

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The Ugandan government is preparing to register all animals and issue them with birth certificates.

This was revealed by the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja during official opening of the 27th Source of the Nile Agricultural Show in Jinja on Tuesday.  

This will be done to fulfil international market requirements, Ssempijja said.

He also explained that the move will help farmers easily trace their animals and benefit from the international market, saying the European market has been impounding and banning all consignments from Uganda over small issues.

As such, 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.

Ssempijja said for the cows, all must be registered and given birth certificates.

“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,” he noted.

He said an audit team from the European Union is expected in Uganda in September this year.

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