- Over 30 Agro input dealers in Nebbi and Pakwach are being trained on safe use and handling of chemicals
- The training campaign which has started with North West Nile region of Nebbi and Amuru to ensure all the dealers acquire the standard needed by the ministry of Agriculture
- There has been campaign against fake inputs that has become common on the market and farmers are unable to identify them
Nebbi. Following supply of fake agricultural seedlings and inputs for unsuspecting farmers, the Ministry of Agriculture has set a minimum qualification of an Ordinary level to all input dealers.
This is to take effect immediately in order to avoid further supply of fake agricultural inputs. The market in Uganda has been flooded by fake seedlings that do not germinate and farmers loses out of this.
The Agricultural inspector from the Ministry of Agriculture Animal and Fisheries (MAAIF), Isaac Wamatsembe, said most of the input dealers lacked knowledge to handle such hazardous chemicals which has affects the productivity of crops.
He said due to low level of education among the input dealers, farmers are left without proper explanation on how to handle and use of the chemicals. “We shall not allow input dealers to operate without the qualification of senior four certificate plus additional certificate from the ministry of Agriculture prior to the agricultural chemical control Act 2007,” Wamatsembe said.
In the bid to reduce on the illiteracy level among the input dealers, the ministry of agriculture through the crop inspection department has launched a nationwide campaign to train all the agro input dealers across the country.
According to one of the input dealers in Erussi Sub-county, Jenaro Onencan, said: “We welcome the qualification standard set by the ministry because not all dealers who sell inputs are experts, but their must training given out.”