Zimbabwe could save $60 million per year by adopting GMO maize

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Zimbabwe could be losing up to $60 million worth of maize output a year due to failure to adopt new plant breeding varieties resistant to the maize stalk borer, a pest that reduces yields on the country’s major staple, a prominent local crop scientist has said.

Dr Ian Robertson, a Harare-based crop expert . . . [said] that the maize stalk borer has caused farmers to suffer losses of about 10 percent of the country’s output.

. . . .“Every year $60 million goes into the mouth of the stalk borer and yet we could easily harness Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). . . to provide protection from damaging insects such as the maize stalk borer.

. . . .

“I find it extremely disappointing that our Government is blocking this . . . technology that could enhance our food security and cut our import bill for maize.”

. . . .

We have an excellent pool of crop scientists who can do the work. We are saying to the government remove the ban and support us to do the work.”

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Maize stalk borer costs Zim millions

Outbreak Featured
Infographic: Growing human embryos — How long should researchers watch human development play out in a dish?

Infographic: Growing human embryos — How long should researchers watch human development play out in a dish?

In May, the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) released new guidelines that relaxed the 14-day rule, taking away ...
Are GMOs and pesticides threatening bees?

Are GMOs and pesticides threatening bees?

First introduced in 1995, neonicotinoids ...
glp menu logo outlined

Newsletter Subscription

* indicates required
Email Lists
glp menu logo outlined

Get news on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.