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Uganda president: Abandon ‘subsistence agriculture’, pass biotechnology bill

| July 25, 2017

This article or excerpt is included in the GLP’s daily curated selection of ideologically diverse news, opinion and analysis of biotechnology innovation.

President Yoweri Museveni has singled out continued subsistence agriculture by the majority of the Ugandan population as a major factor that has made it difficult for the country to reap enough from its cherished agricultural potential.

Museveni observed that the continued presence of 69% of the Ugandan population engaged in subsistence agriculture has posed a great challenge to the advancement of the agricultural sector in Uganda.

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Yoweri Museveni

The President, therefore, appealed to all stakeholders to mobilise farmers nation-wide to abandon subsistence farming for commercial profit oriented agriculture if the population is to be guaranteed food and income security as well as getting rid of poverty.

On crops, Mr. Museveni hailed Ugandan researchers for the excellent work done that has seen them develop quick maturing, high yielding and drought resistant seedlings. He advised the population to take advantage of the seedlings. He, therefore, appealed to Parliament to debate and pass the Biotechnology Bill to enable the country use the scientifically enhanced seeds.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: President says Subsistence Farming has Stifled National Realisation of Agricultural Potential

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