The European Union and the Government of Uganda have officially launched a €15 million (UGX 67 billion) to support Uganda in developing a market-oriented and environmentally sustainable beef meat industry. The project was launched on 13th April, 2018 at Nayiga Hotel, Kasana in Luweero district.
The 5-year project is funded under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) of the EU, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF). Through this partnership, the Uganda Meat Producers Cooperative Union is to implement the project to enhance beef meat production, productivity and quality assurance.
In his remarks, the Head of the Sustainable Development Section of the EU; Mr Aloys Lorkeers congratulated MAAIF for its commitment to ensuring the EU’s support. He said this marks a milestone for the agricultural sector in Uganda in contributing towards the national development plan. He added that beef represents a lucrative commodity which will improve productivity and incomes, in line with Uganda’s development goals.
The Minister of State for Animal Industry; Hon. Joy Kabatsi said there is need to breed more beef cows and to control cattle disease. Hon. Kabatsi reiterated the need to build communal dams from which more farmers can benefit. She thanked the EU for its financial support to the government of Uganda.
In his presentation as a stakeholder in the beef industry, Mr. Rwakanuma. K. Jeff a Board member of UMPCU, highlighted the Union’s commitment to ensuring quality beef and beef products and giving a fair share to the farmer.
The national launch was attended by the members of Parliament, The LCV Chairman, representatives from the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Officials from MAAIF, Stakeholders in the beef industry and farmers.