Arua Passes Policy to Eliminate Poor Quality Seeds

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Sunday Ayikoru, the Arua District LC 5 vice chairperson who presented the policy says it is aimed at providing effective use of quality seeds and to eliminate the supply of counterfeits seeds to farmers.

Arua district council has passed a seed policy 2014, which seeks to regulate the quality of seeds supplied to farmers there. It came after complaints from farmers about the increased supply of fake seeds to the district.
 
Sunday Ayikoru, the Arua District LC 5 vice chairperson who presented the policy says it is aimed at providing effective use of quality seeds and to eliminate the supply of counterfeits seeds to farmers. She says fake seeds account for about 60 percent of total seeds sold in the various markets in the region, which is affecting production. 

The policy spells out penalties ranging from caution, fines and imprisonment for those found guilty of supplying counterfeit seeds. The new policy has drawn mixed reactions from, some councilors, private seed distributors and farmers. Hamza Manzu, the LC 5 Councilor Ogoko Sub County wonders how the policy will be implemented since there are no proper guidelines for its enforcement.


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But Sabo Kamilo, the representative of Aroi sub County says the policy is timely adding that, it will help farmers in the newly launched operation wealth creation campaign. He however, advices the district to educate farmers to buy seeds from authorized stockiest.

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 Samson Andrua, one of the private seed suppliers says the new policy doesn't support the public- private- partnership that is being promoted by government. He says much as the policy is good there is need to provide for private suppliers to do business with the district.

Farmers have welcomed the policy.  Susan Atako, a farmer in Manibe Sub County who is a victim of a counterfeit seeds says the policy will help her to buy good quality seeds for planting in the coming season. She asks the district to publish list of the authorized suppliers in each Sub County or parish so that farmers know where to get quality seeds. 

 

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