By Patrick Uma
The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal industry and fisheries [MAAIF] has strengthened the ongoing fight against counterfeit Agricultural inputs by extending their enforcement to the grass root level.
Speaking to local leaders from Acholi sub-region recently, Mr. Stephen Tibeijuka Bwantwale, the Commissioner Crop Protection at the Ministry said they have decided to bring the enforcement to the district level so that local leaders can be easily involved in the fight against counterfeit agricultural inputs.
Mr. Tibeijuka said the ministry is working with local leaders headed by Resident District Commissioners to track down substandard agricultural inputs.
He said the operations will be done in a coherent manner and that the Agricultural Police Unit has been set up in every district to handle cases of counterfeit Agricultural inputs.
Justin Lungajul, the RDC of Pader district said the team will continue to emphasize the quality of inputs in the market, working with law enforcement officers to fight counterfeit products and restore hope in the Farmers.
Paul Kilama, the Gulu District Agricultural Officer said the district has been battling counterfeit pesticides and seeds for a long time; adding that the coming on board of the Ministry and the Police is very important as it will help creating awareness and also in enforcement of the directive.
In March this year, President gave a directive that the Ministry should come up with strict measures to combat the increasing number of counterfeits Agricultural inputs that have saturated the markets in Uganda including at the Fisheries department.