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Tanzania denies banning GMO trials

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 29, 2019
Tanzania has not banned trials on genetically modified (GM) crops but has warned against unauthorized publication of results on genetically modified organism (GMO) trials, a government official said.
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Fred Tairo, a principal agricultural research officer at the Ministry of Agriculture, denied reports that the government intends to destroy genetically modified crops.

"What the government has done is to stop releasing results of GMO trials without following proper procedures," he told a one-day conference on the political economy of GM crops in Tanzania, held in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

Tairo said two government institutions are conducting trials, one on GM cassava and the other on GM maize.

The government has not yet authorized commercialization, he said.

Tairo assured attendents at the conference that the government has put in place measures aimed at protecting the environment during the GMO trials, including bio-safety guidelines.