By Maurice Eriku
Farmers and members of the public in Arua district are worried over the government’s decision to flag off Genetically Modified Organisms -GMOs into Uganda’s Agriculture industry.
The criticism comes days after the parliament Okayed the bill that will allow the development and use of GMOs in the country last week.
According to Rwothmio Solomon, the introduction of GMOs in the Ugandan Agro industry poses a threat and may extinct the indigenous crop and animal species.
Dr. Asea Godfrey, the director of crop resource institute in Namulonge however says the introduction of GMOs will address the challenges of weather vagaries that is the leading cause of crop failure.
Parliament passed the GMO bill, code named the genetic engineering regulatory bill 2018 last week on the 29th of November lifting the safety valve to allow agro scientists to develop and supply GMOs in the Ugandan market with Ugandan farmers and consumers only left with a provision that holds GMO developers liable if the technology does harm. End