The minister of agriculture, animal industry and fisheries, Vincent Bamulangaki Sempijja, has revealed that the sector has earmarked over UGX 20bn in the next financial year for beef fattening to boost Uganda`s meat export.
Sempijja said this while officiating at the ground breaking ceremony of the collection center for beef cattle opened up at the National Enterprise Corporation (NEC)`s land in Kisozi-Gomba district.
He said his ministry has embarked on a campaign to go into partnership with people who have got huge chunks of land to set up beef cattle centers, with an intention to boost and improve Uganda`s meat industry, he says the centers will help to manage and control beef cattle to get the quality meat that is needed on the international market.
Sempijja added that the centers will also help in feeding the animals with quality hay and silage, and to control all diseases that affects herds, he says these will be collection points of all animals for beef from farmers before they go to abattoirs.
He said the little meat Uganda exports is ranked 5th best in the world market because of its yellow fat that does not contain cholesterol mainly because the cows are naturally grazed.