Speaker Kandaga launches Agro Genetic Technology in Mukono
Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadanga has launched an agro Genetic Technologies (AGT) laboratory in Namawojjolo in Mukono district.
The facility has a capacity of 10 million plants including bananas, coffee and Irish potatoes, and is working with the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) programme to reach out to farmers across the country.
Speaking at the launch, Kadaga said there is a gap between government and the private sector which needs to be bridged so as to harness the sector’s potential.
She noted that she will make more efforts to ensure that the sector is empowered in this field.
Kadanga also pledged to hasten the signing into law of the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill which purposes to support the development of biotechnology in the country.
According to the Speaker, the progress of enacting the Bill into law has not been progressive, noting that Parliament has passed the Bill twice following Presidential concerns and recommendations, but it still remains pending.
The Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Elioda Tumwesigye, said the government should be able to support research and innovation so that scientists do not have to go to the bank to be subjected to loans acquainted with heavy interests.
Hon. Tumwesigye explained that Uganda has the potential to supply the global market. Since AGT has millions of disease-free banana plantlets that can be supplied to the country as we wait for the banana bacterial wilt disease-resistant banana.