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Agriculture Ministry to digitalise inspection of Agro-inputs

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May 24, 2021 ,
The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) has revealed plans of digitalising the inspection process of chemicals and pesticides. The new plans, which are expected to commence in November this year, will see all chemicals and pesticide consignments branded with digital stamps that can easily be tracked by the ministry of agriculture.
Mr. Paul Mwambu (right) the commissioner for crop inspection and certification and Mr. Loganathan Umashankar the managing director for Osho chemical industries ltd
Mr. Paul Mwambu the commissioner for crop inspection and certification said, the process is estimated to cost over sh1b. “All crop chemicals and pesticides from local and international suppliers, will be embodied with digital stamps from the ministry of agriculture after they have undergone all the necessary certification,” noted Mr. Mwambu, adding that the process will go a long way to save farmers from buying fake pesticides.
The commissioner has revealed the plans today- Monday while opening a five-day training which is being held at the offices of farmers’ association in Nakasero, Kampala.
The training, which registered over 100 participants from different regions of the country, was organised by MAAIF in collaboration with Osho chemical industries and the Uganda National Agro-Input Dealers Association (UNADA).
According to Mr. Fred Muzira a crop inspector, participants will be examined on the topics taught during the five-day training. “Most of the participants are agro-input dealers who were coordinated by UNADA from different parts of Uganda. Only those who shall have passed, will be awarded certificates as a step for them to start dealing in agro-chemicals,” noted Muzira.
Over 100 participants attended the five-day training which commenced on Monday
He explained that inspectors from the ministry of agriculture have “manually” been verifying the agro inputs and chemicals, which has been so tiresome. “But with this new system of technology, we shall digitally be scanning a given batch to ascertain whether it was assessed and approved by the ministry, than the usual paper-work,” noted Mr. Muzira.
Mr. Esau Ssajjabbi the UNADA director welcomed the move by the agricultural ministry, saying, it’ll go a long way in curbing fake products among other agricultural inputs being put on the market. The training will also impart skills to agro-input dealers on better practices of handling chemicals and pesticides.
Mr. Loganathan Umashankar the managing director for Osho chemical industries said, agro-inputs and pesticides are poisonous in nature, and if not handled well, pose a great danger to people and the environment.
Mr. Paul Mwambu (seated) the commissioner for crop inspection and certification interacting with Fred Muzira before openng the five-day training for agro-input dealers held in Kampala
“So, we hope this training will sensitise dealers on a number of ways, on how to handle such products and the protective gear to use. For example, such products require enough ventilation and spacious storage rooms,” expressed Umashankar.
Mr. Mwambu the commissioner for crop inspection and certification, lauded the director for Osho chemical industries for providing a free training to agro-input dealers, saying such training usually cost sh250,000 for each participant.

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