Uganda’s ag minister: Opposition to GMOs means ‘telling people to remain poor’

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The Uganda government says it is determined to ensure that the Biotech Bill is passed into law to facilitate safe development and application of biotechnology in the country.

The National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, 2012, is now before parliament for debate amidst protest from the opponents of the technology.

State Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Christopher Kibazanga said the government would do all it takes to ensure that the bill is passed in parliament, as it strives to alleviate poverty among the more than 80% of the country’s population involved in agriculture sector.

Christopher Kibazanga

“Any resistance against science in any field (in this country) means that you are only telling your people to remain poor,” Kibazanga said….

He said crop biotechnology innovations can help increase food production to address the needs of the growing population, especially those in the developing world.

Presently, Uganda is seen as a regional leader in agricultural biotechnology research for food security crops including banana for resistance against bacterial wilt and improved nutritional profile, cassava for resistance to cassava brown streak and cassava mosaic disease and maize for drought and drought resistance.

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