Farmers call for tough laws against fake agro inputs

Some companies are selling fake seeds. Courtesy Photo

In a bid to strengthen the Agriculture in the region, Lango Farmers have demanded that their district leaders to strategize ways of selling agro inputs within the environments.

The farmers during an advocacy meeting in Lira over rampant cases of failed seeds and fake agro inputs protested the continued sell in the open market.

Sylvia Akullu, a mother who coordinates farmers in Boke parish under world vision program says there are many fake inputs sold to farmers especially seeds that do not germinate.

Akullu who deals in orange sweet potato noted that fake seeds and inputs are some of the challenges farmers are facing.

She said there is also infertility of the land that does not favor the growth of some crops citing, orange fresh sweet potatoes, and mushrooms among others.

Joel Agabi, a farmer from Amac Sub County in Lira appealed to districts to allocate some funds to agriculture to help varying agro input.

He says farmers need a cooperative bank for supporting their activities not commercial banks that according to Agabi charge higher interest rates, unfavorable to farmers.

Samuel Habwe, the deputy Chief Administration officer Lira advised farmers to always put aside excuses if they are to progress.

“Government has done all but farmers still have problems. Government does not know that problem because it is caused by farmers,” Habwe said.

“Farmers are not visiting Zonal Agricultural Development Institute to avoid fake inputs yet government has put many staffs for help and are paid,” Habwe added.

He appealed to farmers to always visit entomology offices for consultation over mysterious effects over agricultural products.

He warned farmers who create cooperatives and withdraw their money to spend in unproductive things within five days of festive season to stop and plan.

Lira district Local government under the leadership of his highness Mzee Alex Oremu Alot and the Councilors recently made mentioned to deal with the fake seed companies and managers.

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