The government of Uganda has ordered the registration of farmers and issuance of birth certificate to castles so as to aid traceability of their products and enable them to benefit from the international market.
The President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni while speaking at the National Agricultural Show Launch in Jinja grounds on Tuesday, July 16, said the farmers will be registered along with their castles and it is a very important requirement for all farmers who still intend to continue selling cattle in the country.
According to him, the registration of the animals will help Uganda to adequately and reasonably penetrate the international market.
Uganda’s Agriculture Minister Vincent Ssempijja said: “People are always interested in what they are buying, where it came from, it’s quality since they have to pay for it, the registration of farmers and their products will enhance that”.
” Registering farmers is a major requirement. we cannot without it and if we ignore it, we will lose to competition in the international market”.
” The importers of our products demand meat for cows, aged 15-24 months, so we are going to sell depending on their age”.
It is demanded by the international market that all countries producing food products and crops for the Europe market must be able produce its tracebility before buying. Along with that demand they have also started banning all consignments from Uganda if they find one box with issues.
He said that “registered farmers will have their products give bar codes so that if they find a problem with one box, they look for the source and sort out the problem”.
“An audit team from the European Union is expected to come to Uganda in September to ensure that all farmers producing commodities destined for Europe are registered”.