In 2008, the Ugandan Cabinet approved the National Biotechnology and Biosafety policy, whose objective is to ensure that Uganda benefits from safe application of modern biotechnology such as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
Consequently, the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012 was developed with objectives to guide implementation of the aforesaid policy; and minimize and manage any potential risks to the environment, human and animal health that may be associated with GMOs. In October 2017, parliament passed the National Biosafety Act 2017.
in 2017, President Kaguta Museveni declined to sign into law the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, 2012. The bill seeks to provide a regulatory framework that facilitates the safe development and application of biotechnology, research, development and release of genetically modified organisms. In his letter to speaker of Parliament, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, the president sent the bill back to parliament to clarify among other issues, its title, patent rights of indigenous farmers and sanctions for scientists who mix GMOs with indigenous crops and animals. Continue reading Is Uganda and Africa in general ready for GMO?