Tanzanian Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism drum for use of GMO seeds

By Lilian Lucas

August 02, 2017

Genetically Modified Maize (GMO) Confined Field Trial site in Kiboko, Kenya.

Morogoro – Tanzania. Agricultural research bodies in the country should expedite researches which will facilitate the use of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) seed as the case with other African countries.

The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Prof Jumanne Maghembe, made the call on Tuesday in Morogoro when opening the 26th Agricultural Show (Nane Nane) for the Eastern Zone at the Mwalimu Nyerere grounds.

He said use of GMO seeds would empower and make farmers produce efficiently. He said this is because GMO seeds results in high yield in addition to being resistant to pests and harsh weather.

He explained that the time had come for the country to change in terms of thinking and accept the use of the GMO seeds like other African and Asian countries, which had attained great achievements in agriculture by the use of the new technology.

He noted for instance that cotton farmers who were using GMO seeds in other countries have experienced increase in crop output thus increase in income.

However, he congratulated researchers in the country for their efforts which have led to the development of drought resistant seeds, giving the example of maize seed dubbed Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA), which was resistant to drought, insects and it can flourish in many parts of the country.

For his part, Morogoro Regional Commissioner, Dr Stephen Kebwe wanted all people who have bought plots with the show ground to vacate at once.

Dr Kebwe gave them three months to demolish their houses within the show ground otherwise they will be forcefully evicted.



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