Farmers of fruits and vegetables have expressed concern that the increased use of chemicals as pesticides may undermine their products’ export viability and endanger users.
Farmers told Bazzuzp that the lack of a food safety law leaves a lot to be desired in terms of minimum criteria for the export market.
“We have failed as a country for a long time to develop a strong food safety law in Uganda.” Food safety control is divided among numerous organizations, making it ineffective, which is why nations like Kenya and Tanzania are complying quickly, according to Samuel Balagadde, Hortifesh’s vice chairwoman.
Dr. Doris Kiconco, a trade advisor, said farmers needed to be educated about which pesticides to use during and after harvest in order to produce superior products for global markets.
Some of the substances used, he added, could cause cancer.
“When you take these chemicals in, you may not die immediately since it isn’t a lethal doze, but they gradually impair the way your body functions,” he explained.