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MAAIF gets rid of substandard agro inputs

By: Melanie Aanyu

Aanyu Melanie | 95timefm

The Ministry of Agriculture Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (MAAIF) is set to destroy 90 tons of substandard and counterfeit assorted agricultural inputs impounded from dealers across the country.

Some of these have already been disposed of at Nakasongola army barracks.

This follows seven years of a series of operations conducted across Uganda, and the inputs including Agro chemicals, Seeds and fertilizers, which have for this long been stored at the Ministry’s Department of Crop Inspection and Certification based at Namalere, Wakiso District.

According to the Senior Agricultural Inspector, Mr Fred Muzira, following the overstay of these inputs, they were posing a health threat to staff and the community, for which they resolved to dispose them of.

Mr Muzira noted that the Ministry in conjunction with the National Information Technology Uganda (NITA-U) is developing an Agrochemical Traceability system that is expected to track chemicals from points of entry into Uganda to the end users, and ensure quality.

Ms Sylvia Nantongo Mutebi, a senior inspector at the Agricultural Chemicals Control Division of the Crop Inspection Department at MAAIF, said they are also considering a review of the Agricultural Chemicals (Control) Act 2007, to ensure dealers who sell counterfeit agrochemicals and other inputs are permanently banned from the business.