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July 26th, 2017 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports:
Agriculture scientists from 20 countries converged in Uganda to discuss ways of easing communication in agriculture science.

According to the organisers, the scientists deliberated on several pertinent issues themed: “Strengthening Communication for Improved Biosafety Management.”

The executive director Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre, Dr Mahaletchumy Arujanan, in the key note address, emphasised the need for scientists to balance information about modern techniques used in plant breeding and safety concerns for the general public to be comfortable.

She noted that it is important to give factual information about scientific innovations in agricultural sector and urged scientists to give details about the breeding process of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) crops, the benefits and potential risks as well as issues related to safety.

In case of criticisms, she said it is important for scientists to explain the advantages of the technology because its key aim is to address challenges faced by farmers during the cause of farming. Read more