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Scholars Debate On Genetically Modified Products

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Arinaitwe Geoffrey, an expert from National Research Institute said most of the plants which we depend on for food have lost valuable nutrients which need to be revived through use of GMOs.

He said: “Over 50 percent of children in Uganda below 5 years have vitamin A deficiency and 70 percent of the pregnant mothers in the country have Anemia which has makes them crave to eat soil.”

“Therefore modifying crops will lead to production of foods with required nutrients in the needed capacity,” said Arinaitwe.

Mr Phinehas Tukamuheebwa, an associate in School of Agribusiness under the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetic also supported the use genetic modification saying it improves on agriculture products.

He gave an example of genetically modified beans which are self pollinated, bananas which are easy to plant since they are propagated by cuttings and millet which is compatible with wild relatives.

To improve the agriculture sector in Uganda, Tukamuheebwa advised the government to foster the 10 percent of the national budget allocated to the sector as the Maputo declaration, ‘Fight corruption in various agriculture sectors.’

However, Dr. Gideon Olupot, the environment specialist urged the parliamentarians to pass the bio safety bill as the Kenyan government did on the genetically modified foods due to their impact on human beings.

He warned the public on consumption of foods produced under the genetically modification.

“These foods are leading causes of cancer, DNA damages, overweight and increased mortality rate ever since they were introduced in 1996,” said Dr Olupot.

Eng Kafeero Ssekitoleko who was among the debtors also strongly supported the parliament to regulate the foods.

“These genetically modified foods have been exported from the countries where they are not needed to Uganda hence causing harm to Ugandans. They need to be regulated,” he said.

Mr. Louis Kakinda the P.R.O for Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) said they have begun setting up platforms for people to get informed about the effects of these foods.

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