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Ugandan agchem market 20% counterfeit

Counterfeit agrochemicals account for 15-20% of the pesticide market in Uganda, the UN FAO reports. It quotes a Ministry of Agriculture inspector, who reportedly says that is the known figure and such products could account for double that. That translates to at least a $6 million counterfeit pesticide market. The FAO says the situation raises health, economic and food security concerns. The report follows an agro dealer training session organised by crop protection association CropLife Uganda and the NGO, IFDC. They found that dealers struggled to recognise authentic from counterfeit products, and some would employ several techniques to sell fake products, from filling returned labelled containers with a different product to dispensing diluted contents rather than selling the entire sealed container. Furthermore, the most expensive chemicals are those that are most commonly counterfeited.

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