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Malawi puts biotechnology policy in place

The Malawi cabinet has approved a national biotechnology and biosafety bill, reports the newswire, Afriquenligne. It quotes the acting director of the country’s National Research Council, Alec Manda, as saying that the passage of the bill implies a nod to genetically modified food and field trials of GM crops. He said that trials could take as long as three years before any decision about commercialising GM crops would be taken. The newswire reports that a severe food crisis in 2002-03 forced Malawi to accept GM food from the West. But a ban on the import of GM food was subsequently put in place ( Agrow No 465, p 17). Malawi started developing a biotechnology policy in 2006 ( Agrow No 505, p 20).



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