Point of view: Why Rwanda and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa must adopt genetically modified crops

According to the recent publicationPlant biotechnology: a key tool to improve agricultural production in Rwandapublished in African Journal of Biotechnology by Leonce Dusengemungu, Clement Igiraneza and Sonia Uwimbabaziintensive and engaging discussions about the economic importance of agriculture, the production of improved crops, and the use of all necessary resources to improve agricultural production require more attention.

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The trio said the use of biotechnology seed protection tools distributed to farmers, biological control agents and testing of seed variety identity and purity before distribution are the main tools that African farmers can benefit from.

“In this context, it is recommended that developing African countries start thinking about the continued transfer of genes to breed diseases and the introduction of pest resistant varieties to meet future food needs,” they said. they recommended.

The modern agricultural biotechnology, they said, is necessary because conventional agricultural research does not maintain an even split between high food demand and the supply chain.

Given the potential benefits of plant biotechnology, it should be considered within the broader agricultural sector by perceiving scientific, technical, regulatory, socio-economic and political developments, they recommended.

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