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Feb 11, 2012

Tanzania - Agriculture Minister Backing GM Crop Plan

Tanzania Agricultural Map
Sorghum, Millet, Rice, Maize, Wheat
Coffee, Cotton, Cacao, Tea, Tobacco, Sisal
On 11 February 2012 AllAfrica.com reported that Tanzania's Agriculture Minister, Jumanne Maghembe was backing a plan to introduce gene modified (GM) technology and crops into the country. In his opinion, this would "modernise agriculture for rural communities and promote balanced economic growth."

The article reported that "according to Mr Maghembe, the time for being rigid on use of GMOs was over, especially in the face of uncertain weather patterns." It also reports that Agriculture Minister Maghembe and Tanzania's office of the vice president are currently discussing "on whether to allow GM crops taking into account safety legislation protecting farmers and consumers and whether to remove a clause in the biosafety regulations that makes companies producing GM seeds liable for health and environmental damages.

For more see: Mirondo, Rosemary. "Tanzania: Nation Backs Plan for Use of GMOs," AllAfrica.com, 11 February 2012.

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