Minister gives three months to sort out beef export challenges

20Sep 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Kagera
The Guardian
Minister gives three months to sort out beef export challenges

THE government has said it will ensure in the coming three months various challenges confronting the country in its export markets for beef are resolved so that livestock owners earn money from their livestock.

The Deputy Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Abdallah Ulega.

The Deputy Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Abdallah Ulega made this affirmation at Kikukula ranch in Karagwe District, Kagera Region when speaking to investors wishing to take blocks at the ranch. It was during the first day of his   tour in the region.

He said some of the foreign markets fail to buy our beef for technical reasons, including that that our livestock suffer from various diseases.

He said in the coming three months the solution must be found on obstacles we face in the foreign markets of our beef.

He said foreign inspectors who come to inspect our livestock should be given correct information so as to enable us to get markets outside the country.

The Kikukula ranch must be developed to be an example by laying out strategies so that it becomes productive for livestock owners and the nation in general, if the necessary infrastructures are built, he said.

On their part some investors at Kikukula ranch asked the government to resolve various challenges they are faced like inadequate grazing area, but also praised it on how it is bent in improving the country’s livestock sector.

Responding to their concerns, the National Ranching Company Ag General Manager Prof. Philemon Wambura called upon the investors to ensure they obtain the blocks by following laid down procedures.

Earlier, when he arrived in Bukoba, Deputy Minister Ulega had an opportunity to meet Kagera Regional Commissioner Brig Gen Marco Gaguti who asked the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries to conduct research on how business people can benefit from fish leftovers (mabondo).

During his first day of tour Ulega visited Kikukula and Mabale ranches as well as speaking to investors in those ranches, including a public rally at Katanda village at Kihanga Ward in Karagwe District.