COMESA urges for consensus on GMOs in Africa

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) says there is a need to establish common ground on the adoption of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Africa. The use of GMOs has been a matter of immense controversy in many parts of the world, including the COMESA region, since…

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Lack of legislation curtails Zambia’s GM cotton trials

A lack of legislation has curtailed trials for genetically modified (GM) cotton, said the Cotton Development Trust (CDT), the country’s premier researcher for the crop. Agricultural researchers have meanwhile decried the legal vacuum that will make Zambia fall behind with biotechnology. According to CDT, its plan to conduct trials in…

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GMOs: Debate rages on Zambia

Hivos Southern Africa Hub has re-ignited the debate on the use of genetically modified (GMOs) foods, advising consumers to shun it. “We are deeply concerned about choices Zambians are making on GMOs as opposed to sticking to non-GMO locally produced food,” said William Chilufya, regional advocacy manager Hivos Southern Africa…

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Massive SA maize harvest expected to smash all records

The biggest maize harvest in South African history is expected for 2017, but regional market options are limited due to GM restrictions and enhanced maize production in the region. The National Crops Estimate Committee (CEC) expects the commercial maize harvest to be 15 631 million tons, 7.54% more than the…

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