Agri Extension Service Providers in Uganda Hone Biotech Communication SkillsNovember 4, 2015
"This training on biotechnology communication was very useful and relevant to me because I enhanced my understanding of biotechnology; I got the skills to become a better communicator on biotechnology and other agricultural innovations", said Mr. Ronald Mpungu, a crop extension worker in Mityana District Local Government. Mr. Mpungu was among 25 extension service providers representing the 11 agro-ecological regions in Uganda, who attended a training workshop on communicating agricultural biotechnology from October 26-27, 2015 in Kampala. The workshop was organized by Uganda Biosciences Information Center (UBIC), in collaboration with ISAAA AfriCenter, and Science Foundation for Livelihoods and Development (SCIFODE).
Participants were trained on developing correct messages on biotechnology and biosafety, how to talk about core biotechnology issues on various media platforms such as radio and television, writing newspaper articles and commentary, as well as addressing common public concerns on biotechnology and GMOs. They performed mock radio interviews and visited Confined Field Trial sites for GM maize and cassava at the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI). According to Lilian Bagaya from the Bunyoro Kingdom in Western Uganda, the field experience exposed participants to the genetic engineering research being done by our scientists. However, participants urged the organizers to make regional training sessions targeting more representatives of the extension service, and to regularly conduct refresher courses so that the extension service providers can become permanent partners and resource personnel in their districts, to sensitize people at the grassroots.
According to UBIC Coordinator, Dr. Barbara Mugwanya Zawedde, the training was expected to provide opportunity to identify persons that can coordinate regional nodes of UBIC so that the agricultural research including biotechnology information dissemination hub is taken closer to the farmers and the rural communities.
For more information about biotechnology in Uganda, contact the UBIC Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Crop Biotech Update is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a non-for-profit organization. The CBU is distributed for free to over 23,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in agricultural biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- AfDB Approves Loan to Promote Science and Technology in Angola
- Scientists Uncover How Plants Thrive Using Natural Mechanism to Recycle Chloroplasts
- BTI Scientists Develop New Technique to Boost Beta-carotene in Tubers
- Pineapple Genome Unlocked; Gives Insight into Photosynthesis in Drought Tolerant Plants
- China's Seed Law Amended
- Australian Researchers Discover Key Gene to Improve Barley's Drought Tolerance
- European Parliament Rejects National GMO Bans Proposal
- GhACL5 Gene is Involved in Stem Elongation and Plant Defense Response to Verticillium dahliae
- AtRAV1 and AtRAV2 Overexpression in Cotton Increases Fiber Length and Delays Flowering under Drought Stress
- Promoter Difference of LcFT1 is the Cause of Natural Variation of Flowering in Litchi
- OsNF-YA7 Transcription Factor Confers Drought Stress Tolerance in Rice
Beyond Crop Biotech
- Metabolic Engineering of Pichia pastoris for the Production of Dammarenediol-II
From the BICs
- Agri Extension Service Providers in Uganda Hone Biotech Communication Skills
- UBIC Conducts Maiden Forum on Agri-biotech at Bukalasa Agricultural College
- New Pocket K: Coexistence of Biotech and Non-biotech Crops
Subscribe to CBU: