Tanzania denies allegation it outlawed GMO crop research

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A top researcher in [Tanzania] has said research on genetically modified organism (GMO) in the country is neither banned nor prohibited.

Speaking during a one-day conference on political economy of GMO in Tanzania in Dar es Salaam, the country coordinator of Biotechnology Research from Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute (MARI), Dr Freddy Tairo, said instead the research should continue as planned …. Dr Tairo …. said Tanzania had been conducting research on maize and cassava crops.

He pointed out that Tanzanians and the media misunderstood a statement made by the government on ongoing GMO research in the country. He said researchers had been directed to follow procedures, including giving the research results they had found during trials to relevant authorities to avoid confusion.

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The researcher said GMO research on cassava was still going on at MARI’s laboratory and study findings would be submitted to the government for decision- making and further action.

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