Cattle farmers want beef sector regulated

A journalist takes pictures of of the new vectoclor in Kampala December 13th, 2018. (PHOTO: STEPHEN WANDERA)

By Stephen Wandera

KAMPALA, Uganda. Cattle farmers have called for regulation of the beef sector to boost local production that is key for Uganda to attain middle income status by 2020.

“We need a regulator in meat sector. Farmers treat sick cattle as soon as they are on their feet; they are sold for slaughter without waiting for antibiotics clear. The animals are poorly transportation tails tied on trucks. They reach Kampala stressed, slaughtered and stressed hormones are transferred to human beings. Scientists will tell how those stressed hormones are poison,” said Mr Jones Kamugisha, director, Ruhombe Born Pedigrees.

Quarantine the farm or parish where the disease has been identified not the entire district, said Mr Kamugisha during a workshop to sensitize cattle farmers on beef production programmes and control of cattle diseases at Imperial Royale Hotel, Friday December 13, 2018.

State Minister for Animal Husbandry, Ms Joy Kafula Kabasi during the workshop in Kampala December 13th, 2018.

Animal are supposed to be quarantine for 30 days after treatment in case of an outbreak of a disease.

Mr Ben Tumisiime, another cattle farmer also backed Mr Kamugisha says the need for a beef authority is overdue.

When contacted, State Minister for Animal Husbandry, Ms Joy Kafula Kabasi agreed with the farmers.

“Already we have an inspectorate department in place. We need to strengthen it to perform better,” she said.

Ms Kabasi introduced vectoclor, a new animal drug by MTK approved by cabinet.

“We tried it in seven districts and has showed good results,” she said.



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