Ugandan government to issue birth certificates to cows going forward

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If you don’t have a birth certificate, no excuse. Even Ugandan cows will soon be getting their own. Lol

Uganda’s Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Vincent Ssempijja, Tuesday said that government would start issuing birth certificates to cows and registering farmers henceforth

Ssempijja, disclosed while speaking at the official opening of the National Agricultural Show at the Source of the Nile grounds in Jinja on Tuesday. He said the move was necessary to ensure the traceability of their products and to enable them benefit from the international market, Daily Monitor, reported.

Ssempijja said, “They (international market) 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.”

“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 the lucrative market unless farmers register”, he added.

‘‘For cattle farmers, it is going to be worse. 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. So we are going to sell depending on their age.”

Uganda is a country in East-Central Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the south-west by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania.

A street in Kampala, Uganda capital

Though there are many dialects, the official languages in Uganda are English and Swahili. The East-Central African country gained independence from the UK on 9 October 1962 with  Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and Queen of Uganda.

Uganda is considered one of the poorest nations in the world. In 2012, 37.8 percent of the population lived on less than $1.25 a day. Transparency International has rated Uganda’s public sector as one of the most corrupt in the world.

Ugandan President Museveni

Yoweri Museveni,74, has been the President of Uganda since 1986.

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