March 4, 2024

Over one ton of fake seeds impounded in Lira

By Isaac Okello and Bonny Otim (isaac.okello@vol.co.ug)

Lira

Security in Lira City, District and leaders of Lango Agro Input Dealers Association yesterday impounded over one ton of fake seeds from agro input shops in Lira city.

The fake seeds were taken to Lira Central Police station and their owners were made to record statements.

Patrick Alip the senior District Agricultural Officer of Lira District said the counterfeit seeds the seeds impounded include that of DK maize variety and Sunflower.

Assistant commissioner in ministry of agriculture also Lira district agricultural officer, Dorcus Alum said the affected agro input shops will be closed as well as those that are not registered.

The chairperson Lango Agro Input dealers Association, Patrick Ogwang said they are currently conducting operations to weed out fake seeds on sale in Lango.

Ogwang adds that people who will be found dealing in fake seeds will be fined one million shillings and another one million shillings that they will pay whistle blowers who report them.

However, some of the agro input dealers blamed their distributors saying the seeds that are usually supplied to them is tricky to verify whether they are fake or not.