ZIMBABWE CANNOT ADOPT GMO TOBACCO, SAYS TOBACCO BOARD

HARARE Zimbabwe’s Tobacco Research Board (TRB) says the country cannot adopt genetically modified organism (GMO) tobacco as no country has accepted it as yet.

The Government is on record saying the country is being cautious on policies to allow GMO crops because there is need for further research on their repercussions.

TRB general manager Dr Dalia Garwe told a stakeholders workshop here last week that the country is far from accepting GMO tobacco. It’s a national issue. No country in the world has accepted GMO tobacco to date, she added.

Therefore, although we have the technology, we have the capacity, we are not able to recognize GMO tobacco as yet.

Reports have also said the government is divided on the adoption of genetically modified crops, although they are resistant to drought and insects.

Some stakeholders only choose to debate more on genetically modified food and feedstock, while rarely talking about genetically modified medicines, which are administered in most hospitals in the world.

At present, Zimbabwe only allows importation of GMO food in milled form.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK