To produce more in less land, to reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture, to harvest abundant, healthy and safe food with the help of science and technology are some of the pillars of “Modern Agriculture”, which today is transforming much of the Agricultural areas of Uganda
However, we live in a scenario where modern agriculture is misunderstood and undervalued in large cities and urban areas despite receiving ALL of its benefits on a daily basis. This situation requires those of us who work in the agricultural chain, to act in order to raise awareness and win the trust and recognition of consumers.
If consumers ask which are the controls and regulations of the agrochemical sector, we can categorically inform them that it is one of the most regulated sectors in the world and that they can appreciate and trust the work of the regulatory authorities, which permanently evaluate the registration processes or permission to sell for each product. There are many controls and studies that the authorities in each country demand as support for each pesticide before it reaches the market.
The regulatory agenda for crop protection products has a solid foundation in science and advances alongside the latest scientific discussions, reflections and findings. It is an arduous and intense work that allows access to new technologies that meet the rigorous security requirements for health and sustainability. we emphasize the transparent and constant dialogue that we had with the authorities; these are processes of mutual understanding that result in the introduction of new products developed with state-of-the-art technologies, to meet the demands that farmers need to control pests and ensure safe and high-quality harvests.
A challenge for the authorities that today demands more attention is the illegal trade in pesticides. Pesticide smuggling, counterfeiting, and adulteration are a growing problem with negative consequences for human health, the environment, the crops, and the economy. In 2016 the United Nations Interregional Crime Agency (UNICRI) estimated that at least 15% of the global pesticide trade corresponds to illegal products. It is imperative to combat organized crime effectively, for which coordination between national authorities, agricultural guilds, industry, and international agencies is essential.