The Ugandan government has been urged to stop supporting Genetically Modified food (GMO) but rather channel their support to small scale farmers.
The AgroEcology Fund and Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (Afsa) who are anti-GMO have argued on the basis of the capacity of local small-scale farmers to feed the entire world organic food.
The organization wants Uganda as well as other Africans to take the lead in the global production of food.
“It is only Africa that can solve African food shortage problems and Uganda should take the lead; the National Bio-technology and Bio-safety Bill is simply seeking to give rights of food production to foreign countries,” Bernard Guri, the chairperson of Afsa said.
Guri made these statements at the recent global AgroEcology movement in Masaka. He added that GMOs only benefit foreign countries and not Africa.
“Foreign scientists use that opportunity to develop their own genetically-modified seeds which we don’t own,” he said. “We still have forests, water resources; we still can commercialize the native seeds.”
He also criticized the 2012 National Bio-technology and Bio-safety Bill stating that if it’s passed into act will allow for the use of GMOs in the country.
A member of ETC group, Pat Mooney who is also anti-GMO added that Uganda does not possess the right technology to sustain GMOs. He claimed that some GMO foods such as maize are not edible but are used for biofuels and some of them can lead to genetic alteration in the consumer.
The Ugandan National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, 2012 has been in parliament for more than three years.
The bill which entail providing for development and general release of GMOs as well as provision for a regulatory framework to facilitate safe development and application of biotechnology.