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Kenya, Uganda economies ride on agriculture to boost growth

July 10th, 2018 / The East African

Agriculture was the main driver for the Kenyan and Ugandan economies in the first three months of this year, expanding almost 10 per cent from 2017.
Kenya said its economy expanded by 5.7 per cent in the first three months of 2018, compared with 4.5 per cent over the same period …

How hot pepper brings cheer to farmers

July 9th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow writes Lominda Afedraru:
It is 10am as we set off from Mbale District to catch up with youth group engaged in growing chilli (pepper) and eggplants located in Nakatende village in Budaka District.
Upon arrival in this village about three kilometres from Mbale town, we are received by Joseph Wambuzi …

Organic or GMO Maize?

July 3rd, 2018 / Global Press Journal

The bill under review by Uganda’s Parliament would require farmers to leave 200 meters (656 feet) between organic and GMO maize crops, in order to prevent cross-pollination. The problem is that perhaps three-quarters of the nation’s farmers would have to choose one or the other, because they don’t have enough …

Searching for biotech solutions to problems plaguing livestock in Africa

June 26th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports:
In Africa, scientific research involving biotechnology innovations in agriculture has largely focused on finding ways to produce better crops. But, increasingly, researchers in animal sciences are exploring the potential of these new technologies in breeding and disease resistance.
Those efforts are bolstered by the institutions such as …

How farmers process fuel from seeds

June 25th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru writes:
It is important to note that farmers growing crops that produce oil mainly referred to as vegetable cooking oil are contributing a great deal in terms of provision of pure cooking oil. The crops include soybean, simsim, groundnuts, and sunflower among others.
Usually people, who use the …

Inside the genetically modified cassava research In Uganda

June 21st, 2018 / Business Focus, Uganda

On May 24, 2018, a few journalists and I visited National Crop Resources Research Institute in Namulonge, located approximately 30 kilometres northeast of Kampala City.
The trip was to assess progress in research that entails developing Genetically Modified (GM) cassava that is resistant to Cassava Brown Streak Disease and Casssava …

When agriculture is sick we are sick

June 6th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michal Ssali writes:
We have all perhaps read about the quite successful Daily Monitor Farm Clinic organized at Mbarara Zonal Agricultural and Research Development Institute (MBAZARDI) which reportedly attracted over one thousand goers last week.
It was an opportunity for farmers and other stakeholders from across the region to learn …

Uganda’s scientists strive to use biotechnology to solve agricultural, health and environmental challenges

June 4th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project/

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru writes:
It is morning time, we are in a hotel based at the center of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, attending a stakeholders meeting on the subject how biotechnology cuts across all science-related sectors.
Among the attendees are students and recent graduates with degrees biotechnology. Among those …

GMO Golden Bananas could help combat vitamin A deficiency

May 29th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project/Frontiers in Plant Science

A project known as Banana21 commenced in 2005 to alleviate micronutrient deficiencies in Uganda and surrounding countries through the generation of farmer- and consumer-acceptable edible bananas with significantly increased fruit levels of PVA and iron. A genetic modification approach was adopted since bananas are recalcitrant to conventional breeding.
Based on the …

Supporting a brooding hen

May 28th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes:
Most African homes keep local chickens by free range system. They multiply naturally with hardly any input from the members of the household besides periodic cleaning of the room where the chickens go to roost at night.
Chickens are a good source of animal protein in …