CSOs, farmers reject introduction of GMOs

By Staff Reporter

 

Civil Society Organisations (CSO) have rejected manoeuvres to introduce Genetically Modified Crops in the country.

The organisations have raised concerns on the safety and impact of GMOs on agricultural systems.
In a joint letter to government, also availed to the media in Lusaka today, the 31 CSOs under Zambia Alliance for Agro-ecology and Biodiversity (ZAAB) have rejected introduction of GMOs in Zambia saying its risks overweighs the benefits.
Community Technology Development Trust project manager, Juliet Nangamba who is also ZAAB executive committee Member said all the CSOs in agriculture object to the recent moves by the National Biosafety Authority (NBA) to radically change the national position on genetically engineering in the food and agricultural sector.
They have since demanded that the NBA consult the people of Zambia before continuing to forge ahead with proposed new policy and regulations that are incongruous with current national opinion.
And the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) warned that the country would lose out on the investment in the agricultural sector and the market it had established non-GMO produce over the years.
ZNFU Media and Public Relations Manager, Calvin Kaleyi said Zambia is known for producing non-GMO crops with high demand on the international market.
He said ZNFU will engage government at a high level to make the position known that genetically engineered products would promise the agriculture sector.
And Robert Chimambo, a small holder farmer stated that GMO foods could be responsible for many health problems and should not be considered for introduction in the country.

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