New Animal Feeds Bill proposes five-year jail term for offenders

Hon Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (MAAIF), tabled the Bill in Parliament on Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Kampala, (UG): The Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze presented the Animal Feeds Bill before MPs during a plenary sitting on Wednesday 25 October 2023.

The Bill among others seeks to provide a legislative framework for the operationalization of the animal feeds policy by regulating the production, importation, exportation and marking of animal feeds and by establishing the animal feeds committee to regulate the production, importation, exportation and marking of animal feeds.

“Inadequate animal nutrition was identified as one of the factors that limit Uganda’s production of livestock products,” Minister Tumwebaze said, adding that Animal feeds account for 70 per cent of the production costs and therefore have a significant effect on production costs and the profits.

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The Animal Feeds Bill 2023 also provides for the application for the registration of premises and the circumstances under which a certificate of registration may be suspended or revoked.

Similarly, the Bill will establish the offices of inspectors and analysts of animal feeds. The animal feeds inspector shall inspect premises and seize any animal feeds that is produced contrary to the requirements of the Act.

Furthermore, the bill will give the Minister powers to make regulations, under the Act to provide for the procedures and forms to be used, for the application for registration of premises and licences for the production, storage, transportation, or sale of animal feeds and for the fees for the paid under the Act.

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According to the minister, the productivity of livestock in Uganda is low due to the prevalence of animal diseases, inadequate nutrition for the animals, scarcity of water in the semi-arid areas, lack of facilities for the storage and processing of animal feeds, the lack of laboratory facilities and the lack of information, knowledge and skills on animal feeds production amongst other factors.

Deputy Speaker, Thomas Tayebwa, referred the Bill to the Committee on Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries for consideration.

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