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GMO banana field trial approved in Malawi

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Staff writer ▼ | March 18, 2016
Malawi farmers suffer huge losses due to banana bunchy top virus which has invaded all of the major production areas.
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These losses have meant that Malawi has had to import bananas from Mozambique and Tanzania to meet the country’s demand for this important food crop, which is one of the most affordable fruits in the country.

The Malawi National Biosafety Regulatory Committee (NBRC) recently approved confined field trials for banana on February 26, 2016.

The confined field trials will be conducted by Bvumbwe Research Station of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security for three years, from 2016 to 2018.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security officials, transgenic banana planting materials will be introduced from Australia, and tested in the CFTs for resistance against bunchy top virus.

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