Zimbabwe to tighten GMO import restrictions
The Zimbabwean government is to impose greater restrictions on the import of genetically modified products, the Herald newspaper reports. Regulatory bodies will be authorised to issue licences on more stringent criteria. Prospective importers would need to present authorities certificates from the country of origin, indicating that the imported material is GMO free and that the country does not produce GMOs, it reports. Agriculture Minister Dr Joseph Made reportedly stated this month that all GMOs would remain banned “as long as there is inconclusive scientific and economic debate about the scientific and economic benefits of GMOs”, while other Southern African Development Community states were to adopt Zimbabwe’s restriction policy on GMOs. Zimbabwe’s Agricultural Marketing Authority and Grain Marketing Board would determine the need for imports to cover supply shortages.