B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes
Last week Parliament passed the Genetic Engineering Regulatory Bill 2018 after a long struggle.
Since 2008 when Uganda got the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Policy there has been a need to get a law to guide the implementation of that policy.
Finally the law is available and, despite some sections of it that might require amendment in future, we have some good ground from which to proceed.
It is an international obligation (Cartagena Protocol) that all countries using genetic engineering (biotechnology) must have such a law.
India, South Africa, Sudan, Egypt, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, USA, Brazil, and several others across the globe have a regulatory law and are growing GE crops.
The law should be received with optimism since it will guide technologies and innovations that will transform agriculture as has happened in other countries.Read more