Uganda beef market is set for a take-off with the establishment of an $11 million modern abattoir in Luwero District, 32 Km from Kampala by an Egyptian firm Egypt-Uganda Food Security. Currently, the country falls short of supplying the market with 900,000 tonnes of both processed and unprocessed beef products per year, a situation that is poised to change when the abbatoir gets fully operational. The Egypt-Uganda Food Security abattoir will have an operational capacity to slaughter 1,000 cows daily and hold up to 5,000 animals waiting to be slaughtered. In addition, the abattoir will perform other functions such as cooling and processing of the meat in accordance with requirements of the relevant authorities: Kampala City Council Authority and the Uganda National Bureau of Standards.
The management of the abattoir is expressing enthusiasm at the prospects of exploiting a burgeoning demand for beef products in the EAC region and beyond and plans to use the strategic location of Uganda to process, package and distribute products in regional export markets. According to industry players, there is commendable growth in the beef industry in Uganda which has moved from 191,280 MT in 2012 to 230,000 MT between 2014 and early 2015 a trend that can be improved to target emerging markets. Currently, production constraints abound in Uganda majorly due to largely subsistence and existence of slow maturing indigenous breeds coupled with sluggish transition to commercial production. Secondly, with only two meat processing companies with recognizable standards in the country - Quality Fresh Cuts and Rosa, the country cannot poise itself to meet demand for beef products with the same speed with which it is growing. According to Uganda Meat Producers Co-operative Union Ltd, there is no shortage of abattoirs in Uganda-however, they are sub-standard and largely do not observe hygiene requirements. The Union also cautions that market growth for processed meat is a long shot as currently, most Ugandans prefer freshly cut meat; processed meat products is only a preserve of just a small fraction of high end consumers.