UGANDA: Controversial Coffee Bill – Commentary
This is the first and last time I agree with President HE. Yoweri Museveni.
Exporting and importing food (even animal feed), or even importing live animals is facing stringent measures in most countries where you want to export to.
This is a process where we can trace products from source to end consumer. Consequently, it is only right that we implement measures in Uganda to comply with stringent requirements from the EU, US, China, most of Asia, Japan, Canada, etc..
Let me give you examples.
1) Many years ago, Japan banned all imports of lobster from Canada and USA (Homorus americanus) because some people had fallen sick. Our lobster industry crashed. It turned out that it was only one fishing area in Maine USA which had the problem. However, we did not have traceability from boat to end consumer so we got a blanket ban.
3) Many years ago, Europe banned beef imports from Canada due to Mad Cow Disease. We went through a hard time. The Mad Cow was traced to only one farm. And not even the whole farm, but a section of the farm. We did not have traceability then. Canada lost a lot of money and farmers had a tough time.
What happened after the above incidents is all fishermen, farmers, brokers (distributors) and processors had to comply with a Certificate of Traceability.
LOBSTER is now traced from fishing area, boat, processor, packer, truck to airport or boat, receiver. You can imagine that no one can deal in this business without being registered. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) must inspect and issue a certificate which is accepted by the receiving country, based on their negotiated terms.
ANIMALS and other Agriculture products are also traced from farm to end consumer. CFIA, must inspect and issue a certificate.
CONSEQUENTLY, it is crucial that we understand why Museveni is asking for coffee growing, dealing AND why he is asking for traceability of animals.
HOWEVER, I do not think that giving cows a birth certificate is the best way to go about it. I think on this one, they should register all farmers who raise cows for export, then make the farmers put a chip in the cow. You know that most Ugandans consume meat only from their local area. Therefore, if someone in Uganda were to get sick from eating a dead cow, they could complain to the authorities.
We cannot trace and comply without registering the farmers, distributors, brokers, buyers, etc… It is humanly impossible. Maybe let us give President Yoweri Museveni some credit.
MARTHA LEAH NANGALAMA
I will add more ideas as they come back to me. In the meantime, here are my 2 patents pending.
—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: July 22, 2019 at 05:09PM