I am writing to you to express deepest concern regarding the Biosafety and Biotechnology Bill 2012, which is currently under discussion in the Parliamentary Committee on Science and Technology. I want to urge you to vote against this bill, because it will harm many family farmers in Rubabo and Uganda as a whole.
The Parliamentary Committee on Science and Technology is currently conducting public consultations on Bio-safety and Biotechnology bill 2012 and is expected to report back to the House in 48 days. The bill is contentious because, in current form, it will pave way for mass introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Uganda – under the pretext of saving Uganda from food insecurity!
For the past eight years, I have been on a learning journey – for the large part dedicated to farming and agricultural systems in Uganda. Of course, I was born and raised in a farmer’ household. I therefore tend to think that this naturalized me into farmers’ daily realities.