Nathan Bakundane, one of the affected para vets, says that he has worked for the last three years until the National Drug Authority confiscated his drugs and asked to present a licence from the veterinary board in vain.
The recent survey Conducted by FAO on Market Information Services in all FAO member countries it indicated that while a large number of countries do operate some type of Market Information System, the vast majority of services cannot be relied on to provide commercially useful information for farmers and traders.
Andrew Bakashaba, the Mbarara District Veterinary Officer says that they have so far collected 40 samples from four farms in Biharwe Division and Kagongi Sub County in Mbarara City and District respectively.
The Head of veterinary services NDA, Jeanne Muhindo, says that the culprits have been duplicating pesticides for spraying bedbugs, cockroaches and other insects and re-package them as acaricides for spraying animal, which they rebrand as Tick Burn.
According to a statement released by the State House Anti-Corruption Unit, the arrest is in line with investigations into the mismanagement of over 18 billion Shillings in NAGRIC and DB under the watch of the Executive Director Dr Charles Lagu.
Associate Professor Alex Ariho, the Director-General of Excel Hort Consult Agribusiness incubator in Biharwe, says that farmers need to borrow a leaf from religious leaders who have embraced social media tools and platforms to maintain contact with their flock.
Wilson Bagatuzire, a farmer in Kashari says he is worried of where to take his milk because Pearl Dairies, which used to buy the bulk of the milk, closed yet cooperatives cannot consume what they produce.
In the financial year 2018/19, the Ministry of Agriculture released the money to Mbarara Municipal Council, through the MAAIF project to start demonstration gardens in six divisions of Mbarara that is Biharwe, Kakiika, Kakoba, Kamukuzi, Nyamitanga, and Nyakayojo.
Small and large-scale farmers in the area had adopted the application of improved seeds and fertilizers to increase their yields. However, their passion is now frustrated by the prevalence of poor quality and counterfeit seeds and other inputs which has resulted into low or no yields, or sometimes loss of livestock.
Peace Kaconco, the LC V Councilor of Rubaare town council, says the problem of unclaimed bodies is a serious challenge for the town council and Rubaare Health Centre IV management. She however, says the town council lacks resources to secure burial grounds.
Elly Muhwezi, a farmer and Executive Director Mbarara Civil Society Forum, says there is need for concerted effort to address the challenge of poor post-harvest handling. He says farmers need practice skills to help them adopt modern post-harvest handling.