Government officials announced that Zimbabwe will not allow the cultivation of genetically modified crops. The government has been under pressure to allow the cultivation of GMOs, but the Agriculture Mechanization and Irrigation Development Minister says that “embracing GMOs would be detrimental to the local seed industry,” and that “high-yielding seed varieties” can be produced in Zimbabwe. The agriculture industry in Zimbabwe has been in decline recently because of limited funding and erratic rainfall patterns. According to statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture, only 798,600 tons of corn were harvested in the 2012/13 season, compared with the 968,000 tons harvested in the 2011/12 season.
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