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March 1st, 2017 / ISAAA, US

Media houses in Uganda have called for a wider sensitization of the public on genetically modified organisms. This was during a series of workshops themed ‘Engaging the Media on the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012 held in Kampala on February 14 and 23, 2017. The workshops were jointly organized by Uganda Biosciences Information Center (UBIC) and Science Foundation for Livelihoods and Development, a not-for-profit organization.

The purpose of the workshops was to gather and address media comments, issues, and concerns on biotechnology and biosafety developments in Uganda. Over 10 media houses represented by their print, broadcast, and online editors took part in the workshops. The media editors noted that much as they were convinced about the benefits of agricultural biotechnology, more efforts are needed to sensitize the public especially farmers at grassroots. The journalists also called on scientists to package information on GMOs in a simple way, so as to help allay public fears of the technology. Expert presentations on common public concerns, and status of biotech research in Uganda were provided by scientists from National Agricultural Research Organization. See more