Farmers in greater Kabale district are crying foul over the continued
increase of fake agro inputs on the market.
Farmers argue that though they have always bought agro inputs
expecting to increase on production, but end up making more losses.
Andrew Mwebesa, a farmer from Buhara sub county says that he bought
Nitrogen Phosphorous Potassium(NPK)-Sulphur fertilizer in Kabale town and
applied it in his tea garden with expectations of getting high yields.
Mwebesa, however, says that he was shocked when the yields instead
reduced and the soil lost more nutrients than before, causing him
huge losses. He blames the government for not cracking down companies dealing
in fake agro-inputs.
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Stephen Kamugisha another farmer from Muko Sub County in Rubanda
district says that he bought a fungicide from one of the agro-input shops in Kabale town and sprayed his
Irish Potatoes. He, however, says that he realized that the fungicide he
brought was not genuine after it failed to work.
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Winnie Mugyerwa, a farmer from Nyakasharara village, blames the
government for failing to avail a list to farmers of companies that deal with genuine
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Christopher Bukenya, the Head of Technical and Agribusiness Services
at National Agriculture Advisory Services (NAADS), says that the increase of
fake agro inputs has also affected distribution of inputs to the
farmers under NAADS.
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Alex Orishaba, an extension worker from Buhara Sub County says
that cases of farmers buying fake agro inputs are common in Kigezi sub region. Orishaba, however, says that some farmers
also tend not to abide by the directions on how to use the inputs they buy.
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One of the Agro in put
sellers in Kabale town who preferred anonymity says that farmers prefer the
fake inputs because they are cheap.
Beda Mwebesa, the Kabale District Production Officer says that they
were shocked when one of the agro-input
companies supplied dormant seeds to the district under Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) program.
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Mwebesa says that the
district together with the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Husbandry and
Fisheries have started sensitizing farmers on how to buy agro inputs from recognized