UPDF shouldn’t be blamed for supplying “fake seeds”

State Minister for Agriculture who is also MP Kalungu East Constituency Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja has said that Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) should not be blame for the quality of seeds that they are supplying.

UPDF soldiers
UPDF soldiers

“In regard to the article in Daily Monitor, UPDF should not be blamed in any way for the quality of inputs on the market,” Ssempijja said.

Daily Monitor yesterday reported that seeds supplied to farmers had failed to germinate.

While addressing media at parliament today, flanked by Brigadier Kayanja, he said that Ministry of Agriculture & all stakeholders acknowledge the challenge of fake seeds on the market and efforts are underway to combat it.

“The Ministry of Agriculture regulates the seed sector and ensures farmers have access to high quality seed & agricultural products.”

He said the seeds referred to were procured by NAADS Secretariat as per its mandate of providing agricultural inputs to farmers.

Ssempijja said that within Local Governments, “distribution of seeds was done with supervision & Logistical support of Operation Wealth Creation officers working with the leadership & technical officers of the concerned district & sub county level.”

Operation Wealth Creation started in 2013 focusing on supporting farmers to access high quality inputs. The programme initially started in the Luwero Rwenzori & rolled out to the rest of the country as a result of its success.

In the last 2 years, tea, coffee, citrus,cocoa, mango & maize seedlings have been distributed to farmers countrywide by NAADS, which UPDF took over last year.