Uganda National Association of Community and Occupational Health (UNACOH), through its Pesticides Use, Health and Environment (PHE)-Project organized a national stakeholders’ scientific dialogue on pesticide use, Health, and e+nvironment at Hotel Africana-Kampala under the Uganda Farmers Common Voice Platform (UFCVP) where the organization is a member.
The theme for this dialogue was “Building Capacity and Partnerships for Pesticide Information and Research”. Through
the dialogue was well attended with participants from policy formulation (members of parliament (MP)), Commissioners from Ministry of Agriculture Animal, Industry and Fisheries, Ministry of Health Authorities and bodies like National Drug Authority (NDA), National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), DGAL Directorate of Government Analytical Laboratory and other ministries. International organizations like; Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), Dialogos. Civil Society Organisation(CSOs) like; Uganda National Farmers Federation(UNFFE), Participatory Ecological land Use Management(PELUM), Action for Rural Women’s Empowerment, Association of Uganda Professional Women in Agriculture and Environment(AUPWAE), Food Rights Alliance (FRA), National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), National Organic Agricultural Movement of Uganda (NOGAMU), National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC). Media houses like Uganda Radio Network (URN), the independent and so many others.
The main objectives of the dialogue were to disseminated research results on pesticide residues in tomatoes in water sources, gaps in acute pesticides poisoning registration, and consumer knowledge, attitudes and risk perceptions about tomatoes stained with pesticide residues in Uganda. from these results the workshop aimed at coming up with action points on how to close the gaps on the above-mentioned research results mainly at the national level by Policymakers.
In a nutshell, based on the research findings, pesticide residues in food and water in the collected samples were high above the European Union set standards, the consumers perceived that spraying the tomatoes before taking them to the market attracted more buyers, peeling the tomatoes before consumption minimized on the risks of mancozeb intake. More still, less effort is being undertaken by health workers at various health facilities to register pesticide poison victims in the respective health centers and this is partly attributed to lack of the required registers and work overload from staff.
A full report of the national dialogue with a call for Action can be downloaded from the link below.
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