Parliament Urged To Regulate GMOs


cheap geneva; font-size: small;”>The Vice Chairman for Science and Technology Committee, abortion Eng Kafeero Ssekitoleko has urged all Ugandans to support the formulation of the biotech and bio safety bill which is aimed at regulating the Genetically Modified Products.

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Although some farmers apply GMOs to their farming systems in order to yield better and better crops, others consider them to be harmful to people plus the surrounding environment.

Eng Kafeero said, “These genetically modified foods are already on market and people are consuming them without knowing their effect. Therefore parliament should come up with a bill to regulate them so that whoever needs them buys them at his own risk.”

“However, it should be noted that coming up with a bill to regulate genetic modifications doesn’t mean we are against the innovation,” he added.

In June, a farmer’s conference organised by Food Rights Alliance was convened to discuss the Bio-safety and Biotechnology bill 2012 which seeks to introduce GMOs into the Agricultural sector for commercial release at the expense of small holder farmers’ rights to seeds.

Eng Kafeero said this bill was brought to parliament and the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga sent it to the Committee of Science and Technology were all stake holders were consulted for some amendments and additions to this bill.

Speaking at a public debate organised by Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) in Kampala, Kafeero has assured the farmers and the public at large that by early September this year the bill will be tabled back to parliament.

He also promised all Ugandans to have faith in the 9th Parliament because it always passes laws and bills which are approved by the public.


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