By Namugerwa Martha
Christopher Kibanzanga the state minister of Agriculture has threatened that the government is going to imprison fake dealers of seeds and pesticides during the agricultural expo in Jinja today as a way of eradicating counterfeit agricultural products in Uganda.
Kibanzanga said that many fake pesticide dealers have been given a deaf ear because the government was reluctant about the issue but the farmers are incurring a lot of losses due to wrong seeds and pesticides usage.
“We are going to imprison whoever is caught selling fake seeds and pesticides to the farmers.” Kibanzanga.
Kibanzanga added that the farmers must start reporting fake dealers to the authority to prevent losing their crops because it can lead to famine in the country when all the crops are destroyed due to fake seeds planted and then fake pesticides.
“These counterfeit agricultural products have dangerous chemicals that cause barrenness to the soils; therefore the government is going to fight to save Uganda’s soils.” Kibanzanga added.