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Ministry of Agriculture embarks on tackling counterfeit agrochemicals and acaricides

The minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Industry Frank Tumwebaze has instituted an 11-member Committee to probe the rising counterfeit agrochemicals, acaricides and farm inputs that threaten the agricultural sector’s continued contribution to economic development. The Ministry hopes that the recommendations that will come from this committee will help address the constant complaints from farmers.

Counterfeit agrochemicals, acaricides and farm inputs are challenge to the sector.

Whereas the application of agrochemicals in agriculture has several benefits which range from yielding an increment of agricultural crops and soil fertility to pest management, crop protection and increased productivity in the livestock subsector. However, there are growing concerns about the low levels of efficacy of some of the available agrochemicals and acaricides in Uganda.

It is these concerns that the committee is supposed to address.

The committee is to be Chaired by Prof. John David Kabaasa the Principal, College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB), Makerere University who will be deputized by Dr. Eve Kasirye Alemu, International Consultant, Standards, Quality Assurance & Food Safety.

They have been given 90 days to analyze the problem, and come up with lasting solutions.

At Container Village in down town Kampala the center of trading in agrochemicals, acaricides and farm inputs in Uganda, the news was received with apprehension.

Joy Mayanja the Chairperson of the Agro-chemical business owners told NBS the Ministry should have included some of their members on the committee.

The Ministry shall formulate a government white paper with clear policy and regulatory reforms that will help to address the identified gaps for Cabinet discussion and consideration.

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