The European Union (EU) agency charged with promoting economic growth in the Balkans has launched a cattle identification and registration scheme in Kosovo designed to increase the province’s beef exports.

European Agency for Reconstruction (EAR) Pristina-office chief Thierry Bernard-Guele said: “The programme is designed to improve Kosovo livestock sector, it is also important for the protection of the consumers and to ensure quality control of food products.”

Under the scheme all cattle in Kosovo will be identified and registered with ear tags. Farmers will report all cattle births, movements and deaths. All animals will have a ‘passport’ recording its ownership and transfers.