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Oct 5, 2010

Uganda Approves GM Maize, GM Cassava, GM Bananas, Bt Cotton

The Uganda National Biosafety Committee has approved field tests for: 1) biotech and conventional maize varieties that are drought tolerant; 2) GE cassava with virus resistance to the brown streak virus; GE bananas with bacterial resistance to Xanthomonas infection; and BT and HT biotech cotton.

According to Yona Baguma, vice-chairman of the committee, the approvals are "historic".   "They are clear signals that Uganda's scientific community has built capacity in molecular biology" and is capable of following national and international biotech regulations.

Source: Wamboga-Mugirya. "Uganda: Nation Starts 'Historic' Trials On GM Staple Crops," AllAfrica.com, 5 October 2010.

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