The Ugandan Government has made it mandatory for farmers in the country, to get birth certificates for their cows.

Vincent Ssempijja, the country’s Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, announced this on Wednesday.

“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.

“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.

Ssempijja added that an audit team from the European Union, will visit Uganda in September, to ensure that all farmers producing commodities destined for Europe are registered.

“Apart from the traceability of the products, the team also wants to ensure that farmers benefit directly because many of them are cheated by middlemen. The government will not cater to those who defy the order when it comes to markets,” he said.

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