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The head of one of Uganda’s leading research organisations has complained that most of the country’s scientists are too old to be truly innovative, according to a report in the Kampala-based newspaper The Monitor.

In a talk at Uganda's Forestry Research Institute, Professor Joseph Mukiibi, director-general of the National Agricultural Research Organisation, is said to have called on the Ugandan government to lift the ban on civil service recruitment — in force since 1990 — and to employ more young scientists and engineers.

Mukiibi said that his own organisation was experiencing a generation gap due to the lack of young scientists.

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