President Macky Sall of Senegal has thrown his weight behind the adoption of agricultural biotechnology in the country.
President Sall made it clear that he supported the implementation of biotechnology in Senegal provided necessary measures to minimise risks were taken.
“I must say very clearly that I am for the use of GMOs based on the precautions taken and based on a dynamic regulation, otherwise we would be against progress. We must decide and step forward. We need to move forward because we have food security imperatives.
“It is undeniable that GMOs can help meet current challenges, such as food insecurity, public health issues, natural resource conservation and climate change,” he stressed.
“We need serious thought to develop a strategy to maximise the use of GMOs, while mitigating the risks associated with them. That is why it is necessary to strengthen the National Biosafety Authority and to have an appropriate legal system combined with an efficient information system based on objective scientific values to assess the cost/benefit/risks ratio,” he further stressed.
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