Agriculture

Health, consumer rights advocates wary of hazardous agro-chemicals imported, used in Uganda

“There is an increasing use and promotion of agro-chemicals including pesticides, herbicides, commodity chemicals and fertilizers, among others in Uganda and yet some of these agro-chemicals have been banned and/or classified as highly hazardous and probably carcinogenic.

Currently, large quantities of banned chemical pesticides are still in use illegally in Uganda yet they have a big effect on the life of Ugandans,” SEATINI Executive Director, Jane Nalunga said.

She was together with other health and consumer rights advocates on Sunday addressing journalists about the danger Ugandans are in over the increased use of hazardous agro-chemicals.

The Civil Society Organisations explained that the pressure to increase agricultural output for increased trade and food security has  overshadowed everything else including regard for human health.
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