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February 10th, 2017 / Sunrise, Uganda

An experiment meant to evaluate the effectiveness of a resistant maize variety against the devastating maize stem borer developed by Ugandan researchers has proved successful in controlling yet another hazardous pest, the leaf eater that had proved a menace to farmers across the Uganda especially during the dry season.

According to local leaders from Kasese, one of the biggest maize growing districts in Uganda, farmers had become very worried about their future because of the enormous losses suffered due to the two pests.

The successes however of the Kasese based confined trial showed high levels of resistance against the maize stem borer that was developed through genetic engineering tools, is a source of hope for leaders and farmers that the pests will be defeated. See more