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Zimbabwe authority tells Parliament to OK Bt cotton

The head of the Zimbabwe government body, the National Biotechnology Authority (NBA), has told a parliamentary committee that the country should adopt genetically modified insect-resistant Bt cotton, newswire the Herald reports. Dr Jonathan Mufandaedza claimed that 24% higher yields could be gained from use of the technology and that insecticide use would be reduced. He added that were the government to decide to adopt Bt cotton, the NBA should become the competent authority to regulate it. The NBA chief executive was addressing the parliamentary portfolio committee on lands, agriculture mechanisation and irrigation.

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