GMO research ‘well underway’ in Tanzania

Researchers are working on genetically modified foods in Tanzanian laboratories, pending ongoing talks for possible field trials, according to a secretary in the country’s Ministry of Agriculture.

GMOs have been the subject of endless debate in the country with environmentalists claiming that its development would affect environment and lead to possible loss of indigenous seeds. Recent reports suggested that the government ruled out a review and repeal of a legal clause that holds everyone liable to punitive sanction from developers, financiers and other partners, should anything go wrong in the development and utilization of agricultural biotechnology in the country.

“We want local researchers to do research into safety of the crops. So, if researchers do those trials, then we are sure of their safety,” said Secretary Sophia Kaduma.

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