Review GMO policy – MP

PATRIOTIC Front (PF)  Bangweulu member of Parliament (MP) Chifita Matafwali says Government should review the policy on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to enable the country improve agricultural production.
Currently, Zambia, like several other African countries, doesn’t allow importation of GMO food or growing genetically modified seed varieties. The country is developing a biosafety legislation to regulate GMO products.
But Mr Matafwali said there is need to invest in research and development in order to increase agricultural production.
“Other countries are doing it and once we invest in research and development, we can find ways of overcoming the fears associated with the new technologies of boosting production,” he said.
In 2002, Zambia experienced hunger following a severe drought and the US government offered 35,000 tonnes of food aid including GMO maize for relief assistance but late President Levy Mwanawasa rejected the offer, citing health, environmental, trade and market-share concerns.

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