By Aggrey Twesigye
National Drugs Authority (NDA) officials were yesterday furiously attacked by Farmers in the Ankole Cattle Corridor accusing them of failure to kick fake Acaracides out of the market.
In a meeting held yesterday in Kiruhura district at Sanga Town council offices organized by Farmers Voice Network ,farmers from the cattle Corridor expressed different views on remedies that can be used to regulate Acaracides on the market.
Safari Magyezi a farmer who doubles as the mayor Sanga Town council said that farmers usually follow all drug prescriptions on every Acaracide they use but ticks have failed to die.
He blamed NDA officials for their failure to regulate Drug Shops deep in the villages that sell counterfeit Acaracides.
Steven Kakuru another farmer who hails from Sanga noted that he has resorted to mixing agro chemicals to spray ticks on his farm after the recommended Acaracides failed to kill ticks.
Florence Bahikire another dairy Farmer from Kiruhura said that most farmers have developed cultural ties whereby they no longer rotate Acaracides on their farms.
She further said that Kiruhura being adjacent to a national park makes it easy for wild animals to carry ticks to their dairy farms.
Dr. Abias Rwamwire who is the mouthpiece for National Drugs Authority promised farmers to rejuvenate their operations to apprehend all drug shop owners without licenses.
He however challenged Farmers to always follow the recommended guidelines while spraying their animals.
He further warned farmers who have resorted to mixing agro chemicals to spray ticks on their farms to immediately stop the vice as it puts lives of people who consume animal products at stake.
Anna Rose Ademun the Commissioner Animal Health in the ministry of Animal husbandry told farmers that government is looking forward to create zones in all the four regions of Uganda whereby farmers will be guided on which Acaracide to use in the fight against Ticks.
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