Planned amendments to SA seed laws “to make criminals of small farmers”

The lobby group African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) warns that amendments to the Plant Improvement Act 53 of 1976 and the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act 15 of 1976 could, among other issues, restrict the exchange of seed. According to Linzi Lewis, researcher at ACB, small farmers will be held to…

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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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ZNFU takes agricultural issues to government

During a recent meeting between the Zambian National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) and the ministers of finance and agriculture, the union brought several worrying factors affecting growth in the agricultural sector, to the attention of the ministers. “The ZNFU pointed out that the high cost of doing business because of the…

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Zambia’s water security under threat

The Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) has warned that water security in Zambia was under threat and that that practices that worsen the dire situation will lead to punitive measures, including prosecution. “The incidences of drying dams, broken river flows and reduced ground water recharge and dry taps are not…

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