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September 20th, 2017 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru writes:
Ugandan scientists have intensified efforts to breed key crops using conventional and biotechnology mechanisms in a bid for farmers to grow high yielding crops which are also resistant to pests and diseases.

Scientists from National Agricultural Research Organisation (Naro) have been breeding hybrid varieties of crops such as maize, cassava, rice, sweet potato, banana among others which farmers are growing countrywide.

The products of these crops have not been released to farmers because of lack of legal framework which is a requirement in regulating the same.

The Biotechnology and Biosafety bill which was drafted by government in 2012 is still before parliament for debate.
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