Uganda’s GMO biosafety bill ensuring ‘no dangers’ likely to pass after embrace of president’s proposed changes

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A section of Uganda's legislators in a field tour of GM plants in green houses at the Nataional Research Laboratories Kawanda- Uganda.

Legislators on the Parliamentary Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation have changed their positions on the GMO Bill and considered proposals suggested by President Museveni …. This comes after the President declined to sign the Bill into law in December 2017 ….

[T]he committee has accepted …. the President’s recommendations …. Regarding the name of the Bill for instance, the MPs report that “the committee …. found it necessary to align the title to the contents of the Bill.” The proposed name contained in a draft Bill is “The Genetic Engineering and Biosafety Act, 2018.”

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The committee also provided for the containment of confined field trials in green houses to prevent genetically modified seeds and related materials from being randomly mixed with indigenous ones. The new Bill also prohibits human cloning from genetic engineering.

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However, whereas the President advised that the use of poisonous and dangerous bacteria as inputs in genetic engineering must never be allowed, the committee emphasized that “this may not be avoided [but] safety measures have been provided for in the Bill to ensure that there is no danger to plants, humans, the environment and animals.”

If the new changes are adopted by Parliament, the President will have one more chance to sign the Bill into law and should he still decline, then Parliament will simply convene and pass it into law.

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