€15 million for Ugandan beef value chain development

The European Union (EU) has donated €15 million to help Ugandan government fund the development of a market oriented and environmentally sustainable beef sector.

Assistant Commissioner for Animal Disease Control at the Ugandan Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Noelina Nantima said the 5-year programme seeks to create a conducive environment for the development of a competitive beef sector to meet growing local and export demand.

The project, which will cover 24 districts, includes animal health campaigns and the construction of abattoirs and state-of-the-art meat processing facilities that are designed to raise health awareness and meat handling standards.

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“In this project, the government and the private sector will work together to promote an environmentally sustainable, resilient, low-emission climate, while promoting gender balance in the beef sector. The project will increase farmers’ earnings and improve their standards of living,” Nantima said.

Among other problems, Ugandan livestock farmers face serious water problems. The country is also battling recurrent livestock and zoonotic diseases, which have diminished the quality and credibility of its meat products on international markets.

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