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December 20th, 2018

Ugandan civil society is celebrating a new law that seeks to regulate the development and application of biotechnology. But it is cautious celebration – until President Yoweri Museveni signs it into law.

The objective of the new regulatory framework is to ensure safe development and application of biotechnology. It will regulate research, development and general release of the controversial Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

Parliament passed the law on Nov. 28 and on Dec.03, civil society organisations, farmers’ organisations, faith-based, women and trade policy organisations, consumer groups and environmentalists  issued a joint communiqué praising Parliament “for addressing their long standing concerns in the Bill.”

According Abdurhamane, African farmers and Africa Sub-region were yet to apprehend the scientifically developed technology which could go a long way to boost agriculture in area of livestock production, animal feeds, and food crops. Read more