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Genetically modified bananas solve Uganda's productivity problems

Genetically modified bananas solve Uganda's productivity problems

Uganda

Researchers at Uganda’s research center are working to obtain a new generation of bananas, genetically modified bananas with six times the normal level of vitamin A and very nutritious.

Samples are housed in tubes to ensure that the process runs smoothly.

The genetic modification of the banana is an economic issue and a nutritional one. The operation helps to enrich the fruit in vitamin A and increase in performance.

The idea of work on genetically engineered bananas is a result of many years of testing of banana production.

National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) acting director, Andrew Kigundu, has spent seven years working on the project.

“The idea of work on genetically engineered bananas is a result of many years of testing of Banana production. It is primarily to solve critical problems of productivity experienced by farmers. It is as a result of many devastating as well as other issues, such as drought and the deficiency in micro nutrient inherent in bananas,” he said.

The research center has also started a culture of plants test. A process that takes place under the supervision of a team of biologists.

The objective is to put a reliable product at the disposal of farmers.

The experiments started in 2005 and work is still ongoing to improve on the content of the fruit and resistance to parasites.

Uganda is the largest per capita consumer of bananas in the world with an average person eating between 750 grams and a kilogram every day.

The East African country is the first African country to turn toward GM to improve its production of bananas. An option which should make the country remain the first producer in the world .