Dr. Evelyn Lutalo, the chairperson Association of Uganda Women Professionals in Agriculture and Environment-AUWPAE says that despite the government efforts to enact and put in place policies that can help to prevent the use of HHPs, this is still insufficient.
civil Societies and the private sector want the government to publicize all Highly Hazardous
Pesticides-HHPs on the market to enable the users to identify them and make
informed decisions before using them. There several chemicals listed as Highly Hazardous
Pesticides due to their negative impact on both human life and the
environment where they are applied.
It is this list that the different players in the agriculture sector want
the government to publicize. This stems from a study in Wakiso district on the
horticulture sector farmers aimed at establishing whether the farmers are knowledgeable
on HHPs and their implications.
Dr. Evelyn Lutalo, the chairperson Association of Uganda Women Professionals in
Agriculture and Environment-AUWPAE says that despite the government efforts to enact
and put in place policies that can help to prevent the use of HHPs, this is
According to Dr. Lutalo, the study in Wakiso district found that
farmers at all levels, agrochemical dealers, consumers of food products and importers
couldn’t differentiate HHPs from approved pesticides. She notes that
people lack information on the dangers associated with HHPs use and only
concentrate on the yields.
//Cue in; ’’Much
as Wakiso …
Cue out…what am eating,’’//
notes that the government needs to look into the issue of increasing awareness,
funding of inspectors of agrochemical dealers and develop a simple community
monitoring system that can be used by a layperson to tell the safety levels of
chemicals before they purchase them.
//Cue in’’ Government to increase …
Cue out…chemical or not ‘’//
Mathias Kayemba, a farmer in Wakiso district says policymakers and
implementers have failed in their roles, which has made it difficult for the
HHPs to get off the market.
Kayemba says the government needs to concentrate on
sensitizing farmers on how to check for genuine chemicals that are usually labelled (yellow and green) as opposed to the HHPs that are labelled red on top
of carrying out regular inspections of agro-dealers.
//Cue in; ’One they should…
Cue out…that is red’’//
Adeline Muheebwa, a member of the Association of Uganda Professional Women in
Agriculture and Environment, says lack alternatives because a number of
pesticides on the market are hazardous.
She says that it’s the government’s
mandate to create more awareness of the recommended pesticides since farmers
cannot do away with pesticide use
//Cue in;’’Ekizibu ekisinga …
Cue out…Lilikulisiti oba teririkulisti''//
Yosia Mukasa from the Department of Crop Inspection and Certification under the
Ministry of Agriculture, Animal husbandry and Fisheries says it’s
still difficult to eliminate the use of pesticides in the country’s setting as
it advocates for commercial agriculture.
He instead advises farmers to stick
to the safe use of chemicals by wearing protective gear such as gloves and aprons
and follow all the guidelines from the manufactures. Mukasa also notes that farmers should adopt integrated Pest management whereby
they complement chemicals with other approaches and reduce chemical use were
He also advises the farmers to only deal with registered agrochemical dealers since they are monitored.