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D-Day approaches for Uganda’s Biosafety law, which could pave way for GMO crops

May 12th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project

A cross section of Ugandan farmers and national legislators are aggressively lobbying the outgoing Parliament to quickly pass the Biosafety and Biotechnology Bill 2012 before their term ends this month. There is general agreement that a Biosafety law needs to be enacted to provide a regulatory framework for several biotech …

ISAAA 2015 report puts Uganda in special position

May 3rd, 2016 / New Vision, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Christopher Bendana reports: Uganda is the only country in Africa doing biotech crops Confined Field Trials (CFT) with no Biosafety law in place. This precarious position is contained in a recent report released by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) an organization that …

Uganda’s President Museveni endorses GMOs, tipping scales in reluctant parliament

October 30th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project

Addressing members of the Ugandan Parliament and several farmers who continue to suffer the burden of banana bacterial wilt, Uganda’s president challenged those who had doubts about biotechnology. “Biotechnology is to impart certain qualities. Legislators who are against it should modernize their thinking,” said President Museveni during the celebration of …