Science, technology and Innovation is the way to go if the country is to achieve vision 2040.
Although a number of innovations have been advanced, Uganda lacks proper regulatory guidelines coupled with proper communication.
“The reason Uganda is putting emphasis on science and technology is to fight poverty and under development through modified drought and pest resistant strains” Dr. Monica Musenero, the minister for science technology and innovation said.
Dr. Monica Musenero was addressing scientists at a 3-day 5th Annual National Biosafety forum 2022, on the theme “Science, technology, innovation and regulation for sustainable Industrialization’’ in Uganda.
“While some institutions like have done a commendable job, they have not shown need for industrialization” she added
She challenged scientists to see through the future than talking about issues without a proper solution.
Different institutions like Uganda Virus Institute, NARO, URSB, and UNBS, Tropical institute of development innovation among others are exhibiting locally modified products.
Deputy executive director NARO Sadik Kasimu says government should invest more in agricultural research.
“We need a lot of funding for agricultural research in this country but also in the same way I do appreciate the government for the steps taken towards it so far to be sustainable” he said
Participants advocated for a data bank that will help farmers access information related to science and technology
The Uganda National Council for Science and Technology’s mandate is to provide regulatory oversight for research innovation in the country.