Residents, who spoke to Uganda Radio Network on condition of anonymity for fear of security, said that they are still waiting for compensation since the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries assured them of compensation.
Minister Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja says it is prudent for the government to have the standards issue handled at a go and comprehensively, instead of tackling is sector by sector or stage by stage of the value chain.
He has also vowed to periodically publish the certified seed companies starting this month, and also the chemical inputs that are considered dangerous.
Small holder farmers will be supplied with 800,000 hand hoes for growing food at peasantry level. Dr. Mugasi says the choice of the new direction has been informed by a drastic budget cut for 2019. He says the budget can only support 522 households and 97 farmer groups, with 28 value addition equipment for the agency to concentrate on setting up two agro industrial parks in Kabarole and Kasese districts.
Agriculture Minister Vincent Ssempijja says several consignments of agriculture produce shipped to Europe have again been rejected and destroyed over poor quality and presence of high contents of poorly mixed agrochemicals used to treat or preserve them.
Moroto has been under livestock quarantine since January this year, following an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease. But this week, a number of herdsmen brought cattle to the market, claiming that they had secured permission from area leaders to sell off the livestock despite the quarantine.
John Kyeyune, the Chairperson of Kabumba Hunger Free Cooperatives Society Limited, a multi-purpose cooperative society in Busukuma Municipality in Wakiso district, says rabbit excretion has transformed the way they undertake agriculture.
In January 2019, livestock quarantine was imposed following an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease, FMD. Consequently, sale and purchase of cattle, goats, sheep and pigs and their products were prohibited and all markets closed. The movement of cattle, goats, sheep and pigs and their products was restricted.