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Local initiative to manage coffee wilt disease

May 14th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

One of the longest-surviving crop diseases in Uganda is the Coffee Wilt Disease (CWD), a fungal infection that wiped out more than 12 million robusta coffee trees in central and western Uganda regions towards the end of the 20th Century. Adams Byaruhanga, a resident of Kikasa village, Bukalasa Parish in …

Solution to virus-threatened African cassava faces anti-GMO protests

May 14th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Cassava, Uganda’s major staple after matooke, feeds over half a billion people in the world with Africa contributing to about 50% of the global production. But the crop is threatened, and it appears that only the only solution rests with advanced biotechnology to create virus resistant transgenic varieties. Read …

Importance of good seed

May 13th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali reports “One of the issues holding back our country’s agricultural production is farmers’ failure to access good quality seed… Many farmers don’t buy seeds and lack correct information about the advantages of planting good quality seed. Yet under the National Agricultural Research Organization (Naro), several research …

Uganda ruling party greenlights superbananas and other GMOs

May 11th, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

Uganda’s ruling party has approved a bill that will give the green light to superbananas and other genetically modified foods. The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) parliamentary caucus has agreed on the controversial National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, signaling that Uganda will soon adopt a “GMO bill”. Read …

NRM caucus approves controversial GMO bill

May 7th, 2015 / NTV, Uganda

The ruling NRM party’s Parliamentary caucus has approved the controversial Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill that seeks to legalize and regulate the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Uganda. Read …

Training young scientists to help farmers

May 4th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Lominda Afedraru writes “Investing in closing gaps in plant breeding and seed systems is critical in combating hunger, malnutrition and poverty. And to address these challenges requires human capital and working systems, among others.To achieve this goal, Makerere University has developed a curriculum to train students in plant …

Scientists in Uganda push for law on GMOs

May 4th, 2015 / The East African

B4FA Fellow, Isaac Khisa reports that Ugandan scientists are worried that ongoing research on genetically modified crops may have to be put on hold due to lack of a regulatory framework to guide its production. Andrew Kiggundu, a senior research officer at National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) said that trials …

Universities join efforts to combat climate change in East Africa

May 4th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Lominda Afedraru reports on a collaborative project was developed to address national and regional challenges posed by climate change. It is managed at Makerere University’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. It involves Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Technology, Addis Ababa University and University of Juba. …

Fighting the banana bacterial wilt

April 30th, 2015 / Sunday Monitor, Uganda

They say a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. This is the long walk towards eliminating the Banana Xanthomonas Wilt, commonly known as banana bacterial wilt, which is a major threat to the crop. B4FA Fellow, Lominda Afedraru traces the spread of disease in Uganda, its impact …

Dealing with major banana diseases

March 27th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Diseases are caused by small micro-organisms, which we cannot see with our naked eyes. Just as animals fall sick, plants fall sick and even die too. Diseases are usually rampant in plantations which full of weeds, are un-mulched, and unprunned, and are normally spread by planting infected suckers from …