President receives local cattle farmers

Friday 17th August 2012

President Yoweri Museveni has strongly advised local cattle farmers, especially those that possess big ranches in the districts of Western and Central parts of Uganda, to form an association that they can use to identify local cattle that can be improved further upon to ensure that their milk yield is higher.

He said that local cattle breeds are very good and can be identified by their shape with a view to ensuring that whoever has them, could sell some to other farmers so that their numbers are multiplied and fortified because those breeds are capable of yielding much and better milk.

The President was meeting local cattle farmers from the 12 districts of Kyegegwa, Mubende, Kyankwanzi, Mbarara, Nakaseke, Gomba, Sembabule, Ntungamo, Lyantonde, Kooki, Isingiro and Kiruhuura. The meeting took place on 15th August 2012 at the President’s country home in Rwakitura.

According to the National Livestock Census in 2008, Uganda then had over 11 million cattle with the local breeds making up more than three quarters of the total. The national total cattle population was estimated at 5.4 million in 1996, 5.9 million in 2000 and 6.5 million in 2006.

Mr. Museveni, therefore, impressed upon local cattle farmers to form an association through which they will be able to identify useful and better genes of cows that could be used as breeding stock for further multiplication.

The farmers thanked President Museveni for inviting them to deliberate on the issue of protecting local cattle breeds. They said that some farmers rear local cattle without taking much trouble to mind about quality. They said that rearing local cattle breeds (Ankole cows) is advantageous because they yield quality milk and if well taken care of, they are capable of yielding a lot of milk. They also noted that the local breeds resist disease much better than Frisian breeds. They stressed the need to protect the local cattle breeds from extinction as these animals are known to be fetching millions of shillings from buyers in the region who appreciate their quality and usefulness in the indigenous dairy sector.

The farmers complained to the President that some cattle drugs and chemicals are not effective to the extent that ticks do not die after the animals have been treated.

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