GMO cotton trials face opposition

THE Participatory Ecological Land Use Management Association (PELUM) has urged Government to disregard recent demands for genetically modified bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton trials in Zambia.
In July last year, the Cotton Development Trust (CDT) said in Malawi that the company is optimistic that once Zambia is given the permission to adopt genetically-engineered cotton that produces its own insecticide, there will be a reduction in various production challenges farmers face.
In 2013, the CDT wrote an application to the National Bio-safety Authority (NBA) for permission to undertake research on genetically modified organism (GMO) cotton in Zambia to enhance production of the crop, and is still awaiting approval.

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