Potential benefits of biotechnology in Uganda

In Uganda, genetic modification technology research is being carried out on key crops such as banana (for bacterial wilt, nematodes resistance and nutritional value), sweet potato (for weevil resistance) and Irish potato (for late blight disease resistance).

Drs Anton Bua and Vincent Ekiyar undertook a study on a number of factors including production, yield, output prices, input costs and demand and supply, to assess the economic benefits of GM crops in comparison with traditional crops. 

According to their research, the potential benefit to consumers that will result from growing transgenic banana is about $199.7m, and $4.6m in sweet potatoes

The potential benefits to farmers that will result from growing transgenic banana are about $99.9m and $2.1m in sweet potatoes.

Expected benefits to the whole economy for transgenic banana is $299.6m and $6.7m in sweet potatoes.

The Bua-Ekiyar study, therefore, suggests that these crops provide significant economic benefits for farmers, who may opt to grow them.

To read the full article on the study, please click here.

Source: allafrica.com

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