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Uganda: Animal Feed Manufacturers Move to Enforce Standards in Sector

Animal feed manufacturers under their umbrella body, Uganda Animal Feed Manufacturers Association (UGAFMA) have started a move that will see them clean their business of quacks by enforcing standards to be followed by all dealers.

Animal feed manufacturers under their umbrella body, Uganda Animal Feed Manufacturers Association (UGAFMA) have started a move that will see them clean their business of quacks by enforcing standards to be followed by all dealers.

On Wednesday, Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Trade officials met with members of UGAFMA to discuss enforcing standards in their business.

“As players in this sector, you have been crying because of feed concentrates imported from abroad that you say have seen you lose market for local feeds. However, this problem was brought by yourselves when you disregarded ethics and standards in mixing feeds,”Dr. Samuel Lule the head of the desk of animal feeds in the Ministry of Agriculture said.

He said the chain of animal feeds involves manufacturers, those who mix, dealers, transporters and farmers but said along the chain, standards have been disregarded.

“There are many stakeholders in the chain which shows this business employs many people are different stages but because of lack of standards followed, farmers realized they were making losses from the feeds given to their animals and chicken. This is the reason they went for alternatives in form of feed concentrates that local animal feed manufacturers are decrying for pushing them out of business. It is high time we corrected the mistakes.”