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Agriculture Officials Confiscate Fake Agro-Inputs from Gulu Shops

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Deo Okello Latigo, an Agricultural Inspector, says the inputs were seized during an inspection in six Agro-Input shops including Mak-Kweri, Okado, Gang Pur, Pur Lonyo, Lapur Pe Tur, and Lute Agro-Input Investment, all in Gulu town.
Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture packing the confiscated inputs in the store - Photo by Jesse Johnson James

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Fake agro inputs worth unspecified amount of money have been impounded in Gulu district a team of Agriculture Ministry officials and police.   The fake agro inputs including fertilizers, chemicals, seeds and pesticides were seized in an operation conducted on Wednesday.    

Deo Okello Latigo, an Agricultural Inspector, says the inputs were seized during an inspection in six Agro-Input shops including Mak-Kweri, Okado, Gang Pur, Pur Lonyo, Lapur Pe Tur, and Lute Agro-Input Investment, all in Gulu town.  

  He explained that only Lute Agro-Input Investment was found with genuine products. According to Latigo, the impounded inputs will be destroyed in the Uganda People’s Defense Force – UPDF army barracks in Nakasongola district.  

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Latigo also blames the sale of the fake and expired goods on the agro Input dealers, saying they don’t regularly check their stock.

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Alfred Ocen, the Senior Commercial Officer Gulu district told URN that the inspection is of benefit both to the agro input dealers and the farmers.  

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Patrick Lumumba Oola, the proprietor of Pur Lonyo Agro-Input revealed that only two bottles of fertilizers were confiscated from his shop. He said the two bottles were for his stock of last year. 

Anne Kipwola, the proprietor Okado Farmers Limited had two boxes of chemical sprays that were confiscated from his shop.  

Gulu is the second district after Kiriandongo that the team inspecting in Northern Uganda and West Nile region.