Steven Kakooza, a Public Health Specialist working with Veterinarians Without Borders (Vétérinaires Sans Frontières)-Germany says already they are in their passive surveillance seeing humans developing resistance to antibiotics that are commonly used in animals. T
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.
So far, four drone-based imagery surveys have been conducted in Murchison Bay and one in Jinja with the objective of keeping a close watch on the floating islands' movements and guide machine deployment to right targets. The survey shows that there are about 100 hectares of floating weeds in Murchison bay, Port Bell with more than ten hectares in Jinja District.
Economist Fred Muhumuza said many of the programmes that are targeted to improve agriculture are implemented at the level of local government and yet many of the people involved in such programmes are clueless.
There are fears that some of the swarms could move further Western into Turkana county, probably by Mid-January 2020, with likely potential and risk that they could spill over into Karamoja, in the North-Eastern region of Uganda. The area shares a border with Turkana County.
In fighting pests, the Uganda Organic Agriculture Policy stipulates that farmers should use plant combinations technically known as bio-rational to dispel pests and disease causing agents from their crops fields.
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.
Hadijah Nakakande, the Head of Communications and Public Relations at the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) says the 170 tractors are in Namalere Mechanization Resource Centre where they were assembled upon arrival in the Country.
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.
Busitema University cleared more than 10 hectares of gardens comprising cassava and potatoes that were ready for harvest, last month. Also destroyed were gardens of newly planted maize, grand nuts among other food crops.