- The law will ensure the supply or sales of fake products to farmers is eliminated and body that will be got selling fake products to farmers, will arrested for causing economic sabotage
- Majority of the farmers in West Nile are unable to detect fake seedlings that are supplied by mushrooming seed companies
- The Agricultural department should liaise with NARO to sensitize farmers on key features of how to detect fake seeds
By Okaba Patrick
Nebbi. The state Minister for Agriculture, Christopher Kibazanga, has asked government to set tough conditions to seed and input dealers in the country to protect farmers against fake products.
Speaking at the weekend during the launch of Agricultural Cluster Development Project (ACDP) in West Nile region, the Minister says input and seed dealers have continued selling fake products to farmers due to weak law in the support to farmers which have affected the productivity of our farmers in the country.
Kibazanga added that his ministry will soon introduce electronic Agricultural monitoring device that will help in tracking fake seeds and inputs in the circulation.
The Agriculture cluster development project will cover five commodity enterprises of Beans, Coffee, Maize, Rice and Cassava with funding from World Bank to eradicate poverty and improve livelihood of farmers in the country. According to Yumbe District Farmers’ Association Chairman, Noah Angudria, says seeds supplied under Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) are of poor quality and distributed before the planting season starts.
“We have experienced seeds getting dried or rotten before the planting season starts. We hope that the E-agricultural monitoring device will help farmers to detect fake seeds that do not germinate,” Angudria said.
In 2015 in Nebbi district, leaders rejected bean seeds distributed under operation wealth creation for failing to meet the germination standard after the test was carried out in the district’s laboratory.
The Arua district chairman, Sam Wadri Nyakua ,says most projects that are given to the communities have little impact on the ground due to high profit margin and poor quality products.
“The region is becoming the dumping site for fake seeds and inputs to our farmers, if we leaders are enjoying our offices without echoing the prolonged problems that our farmers are faced in the region,” Wadri said.