By Ronald Kabuye
Government has ordered for fresh registration and licensing of all manufacturers, agents and importers of animal drugs, Agro chemicals and acalisides in abide to eliminate all counterfeit agriculture chemicals on the market and to streamline the industry.
The revelation has been made by the minister for agriculture animal Industry and fisheries MAAIF Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja during a meeting with agro chemical manufacturers, agents and importers in kampala.
The minister who gave an ultimatum of only three months to manufacturers said that many development partners are scared to invest in agriculture due to the stagnation of the industry at 2.5% brought about by counterfeit drugs thus low productivity and hence a need for due diligence for both industries in and outside the country and publication of certified dealers.
The minister said that a joint task force of MAAIF, national Drug authority, Ministry of health, uganda National Services bureau UNBS and police is going to start operations to cartel those who are doing to the contrary thus a call for the public to be vigilant and report suspected counterfeit dealers to police and relevant authorities.
On the resistant ticks in the country side ssempijja said that they are yet to do acaliside zoning thus a call for everyone to adhere.
meanwhile most of the manufacturers welcomed the move saying that it was long overdue especially on joint government operations.
However some wondered how the government agencies are going to easily harmonise their operations besides calling for training, accessibility to information so that people are knowledgeable while others called for empowerment of the vetinary officers since most times their useful orders like carantins are lifted by district leaders which has highly contributed to disease and pest increase.
According to the ubos population census 2005 agriculture employees 75% of Ugandans, contributes to the GDP by 25%, and 50% of exports in addition to raw materials though it has remained stagnant at 2.5% which is attributed to low productivity brought about by pests and diseases, lack of information, advisory services and access to quality input.
By Ronald Kabuye