Zambian govt member calls for GMO adoption
The Zambian Deputy Science Minister Lameck Mangani has called for the adoption of genetically modified crops, according to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). He made the appeal at the inauguration of the second Zambia stakeholders meeting on biotechnology and biosafety held in early October. Mr Mangani reportedly claimed that GMOs were “here to stay” and that the country should develop R&D capacity to regulate and enable the use of biotechnology. The national seed associations, the Cotton Development Trust, the Cotton Association of Zambia, and representatives of smallholder farmers strongly appealed to biosafety authorities in the country to approve trials of GM insect-resistant Bt cotton, the ISAAA adds.