Dr. Emmanuel Kalungi Kawooya, the Sembabule District Production Officer as well as the Marketing Coordinator, says studies found that several water sources in the area contained toxic residual elements from agrochemicals varying between 40 to 50 percent.
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The uncontrolled usage of agrochemicals to boost productivity
and control pests in Sembabule district is taking a huge toll on water
sources and plants.
Simon Byarugaba, the Sembabule District Agricultural Officer,
says they are currently struggling to control the increasing use inorganic
fertilizers, pesticide and herbicides, which are contaminating water sources
hence posing a health risk to communities.
According to Byarugaba, the campaign
to battle the prevalent excessive usage of agricultural chemicals follows a
scientific study that showed high levels of contamination of water in the area.
In November last year, the Uganda National Association of
Community Occupation Health-UNACOH established that majority of farmers in
Sembabule were using various agrochemicals inappropriately leading to high
levels of water contamination.
Byarugaba says the findings
presented to them a serious challenge, which ought to be addressed.
Dr. Emmanuel Kalungi Kawooya, the Sembabule District
Production Officer as well as the Marketing Coordinator, says studies found
that several water sources in the area contained toxic residual elements from
agrochemicals varying between 40 to 50 percent.
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Dr. Kawooya indicates that they have now embarked on a massive
campaign towards combating the misuse of chemicals as a way of eliminating the
associated health problems.
He explains that they have now established a
district multi-sectoral task force that is charged with sensitizing farmers on
proper application and handling of agrochemicals as well as avoiding all unfriendly
environmental habits that increase risks of contamination.
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Abudallah Kasimu Tegawa, the Community Development Officer at
Sembabule District Association-SDFA, says they are exploring different avenues
to enlighten the public about the hazard they are faced with and how they can
He explains that on top of government extension workers, they
have also involved religious leaders and local leaders to help popularize the
advocacy campaign for responsible usage of agrichemicals.