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Apr 7, 2012

Uganda and Kenya Expected to Commercialize First GM Crops in 2014

NARO, IITA, and the African Agriculture
Technology Foundation (
AATF) are field testing
GM bananas in Uganda for virus resistant to BXW.

Photo: IITA
On 7 April 2012 The East African reported that Uganda and Kenya are expected to approve the commercialization of gene-modified (GM) crops in 2014.  According to the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), Kenya is expected to approve GM cotton in 2014.  Uganda is working towards the approval of a GM regulatory approval framework that should be enacted by 2014 and following this will approve a variety of GM crops.  

Scientists at Uganda's National Agriculture Research Organisation (NARO) are currently working on GM cotton, GM bananas, GM cassava, GM corn, and GM potatoes.  According to NARO scientist Dr. Baguma, “If things go as planned, we expect commercial GM cotton in 2014, GM cassava 2016 and GM drought resistant (DT) corn by 2017.”  These crops have been selected "because of their potential for improving livelihood of small holder farmers who cannot participate in capital intensive activities such as flowers and tea due to cost and climatic limitations in many parts of the country."

For more see:

Khisa, Isaac. "Uganda to market first GM crop in 2014," The East African, 7 April 2012.

"NARO Scientist: Uganda to Commercialize Biotech Cotton in 2014," CropBiotech News, 13 April 2012.

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