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Tanzania mulls use of GM cotton

Tanzania’s Minister of Water and Irrigation has admitted that the government is considering approving the planting of genetically modified cotton, national media report. Professor Jumanne Maghembe told a conference, the Africa Green Revolution Forum, that the government is assessing the safety of such technology in the country. Professor Maghembe has been previously reported as backing moves towards GM crop adoption in Tanzania ( Agrow No 635, p 18). Latest reports say that the Minister cited cotton as the right crop to be at the vanguard of such adoption in the country as its non-food use would prove less controversial on safety concerns and the crop was widely grown.



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