The Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), Mr Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, has said soon after COVID-19, the Government of Uganda will sign an agreement with the People`s Republic of China to start exporting Ugandan beef to China.
Addressing cattle farmers at Katonga River-Lwabenge Sub-county in Kalungu District last week on possible ways to eliminate tsetse flies that have affected their animals, the minister said by the time COVID-19 attacked the world, Uganda and China were due for signing an agreement intended at expanding the country`s beef market to the Asian continent.
“We are going to sign the agreement soon after covid-19. Our biggest challenge now is to ensure a disease free animal sub-sector to improve the quality of our meat,” Mr Ssempijja said.
Recently, MAAIF selected Sub-counties from more than 40 districts and put them under quarantine for suspected Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) where mass vaccination is now being carried out there.
Mr Ssempijja was accompanied by a team from the Coordinating Office for Trypanosomiasis in Uganda (COCTU) led by the Executive Director, Prof. Charles Waiswa.
COCTU is an Agency of MAAIF responsible for healthy and prosperous people in a Uganda free from tsetse flies and trypanosomiasis (nagana).
The ministry, through COCTU donated drugs to farmers to help in eliminating tsetse flies from their animals.