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Jul 16, 2010

Uganda Approves Field Tests for GM Cassava, GM Sweet Potato, and GM (DT) Maize

On 16 July 2010 ISAAA's Crop Biotech Update reported that the Ugandan National Biosafety Committee had approved an application filed by the Ugandan National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) on behalf of the National Crops Resources Research Research Institute (NaCRRI) for experimental, confined field tests that will study cassava brown stricken disease, sweet potato weevil, and water efficient maize for Africa (WEMA).

The announcement was made following a field day on 9 July 2010 that was organized on the theme "Innovative Crop Research for Food and Nutrition Security."   The purpose of this event was to educate farmers and others about the current crop research projects currently underway at NaCCRI facilities.  These includes studies on banana, cassava, sweet potato, and elephant grass.

The Ugandan Minister of State for Agriculture, Shem Bagine spoke at the field day, praising the work of agricultural scientists who are focused on "the challenges of pests and diseases in crops."  He confirmed that the government of Uganda was making agricultural research "the main pillar of development."  He also challenged the scientists to share their work with the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) "so that farmer groups in the villages can benefit from them."

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