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“ Linking Science To Society—Impacting Livelihoods”

NOTE: Your Excellency the President, did you take note of the stunted and drought-hit maize on the left-hand side of the photo? Just alongside the banana plantation, is maize close to the road whose colour is not green but brown and light brown; and its height and size are constrained/constricted by extreme heat. This has culminated into prolonged drought: Now your scientists in NARO’s National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI)-Namulonge, have developed drought-tolerant hybrid maize called DROUGHTTEGO which enables the farmer attain up to 30% yields assurance even during drought. Unlike, ordinary maize which is the one on the roadside—it falls easy prey to drought and farmers typically lose everything as is the case above. The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project is behind development of DroughtTego maize-hybrids due for launching on Thursday July 14th 2016 at the Uganda National Farmers’ Federation (UNFFE) agricultural show in Jinja. Adapted from a Presidential Press Unit (PPU) photo on social media. 

SCIFODE which is a member of the WEMA Regulatory and Communication Teams, calls up H.E the President to support WEMA’s longer-term Drought-Tolerant (DT) maize being developed via genetic engineering (GE). Testing for drought-resilience, are being conducted at a Confined Field Trial (CFT) in Mubuku Irrigation Scheme in Kasese District. Thank you.