B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports:
There are efforts by scientists in agricultural sector in Uganda to breed key crops using conventional and biotechnology mechanism in a bid for farmers to grow crops which are resistant to pests and diseases and tolerant to drought to achieve improved yields.
Scientists from the National Agricultural Research Organistation (NARO) have been breeding hybrid varieties of crops like maize, cassava, rice, sweet potato, banana among others which farmers grow countrywide.
There has also been an initiative by the scientists who breed these crops using modern biotechnology approach mainly addressing issues of pests and diseases, drought tolerance and food nutrient. Read more