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Tanzania biosafety rules hinder GMO licences

Tanzania is lagging other east African countries in carrying out field trials of genetically modified crops due to its biosafety legislation. That is the opinion of researcher Alois Kullaya from the NGO, Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA), national newswire The Citizen reports. Confined field trials began at the end of last year in Kenya ( Agrow No 603, p 24) and Uganda. The WEMA is working with Monsanto on developing drought-tolerant maize. Dr Kullaya complains that strict rules under the country’s biosafety law have delayed the granting of a licence to conduct trials since “successful mock trials” in 2009.


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