ZAMBIA - The Cotton Development Trust (CDT) is optimistic that once Zambia is given the permission to adopt genetically-engineered cotton that produces its own insecticide, it will help in reduce various challenges faced by farmers to effectively contribute to the sector’s development.
KENYA - Scientists from a State agency have formally applied to the biosafety regulator for release of GMO maize that has been on trial for commercial production.
NIGERIA - The Director General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria [SON], Dr. Joseph Odumodu, announced on Wednesday that his agency would soon begin the testing of all Nigeria’s agricultural exportable products to enhance their quality as well as boost their acceptability in the international market.
KENYA - Vegetables and fruits consumed locally will be subjected to stricter quality checks amid concerns that they habour dangerous chemicals from increased pesticide use.
UGANDA - Parliament has been warned against hurriedly passing the controversial National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill until thorough consultations are made and the identified gaps in the Bill addressed.
KENYA - Peas and beans in pods (unshelled) from Kenya will continue to be subjected to strict sanitary and phytosanitary controls before entering the European market, following a rise in cases of contaminated produce last year.
GHANA - A scientist at the Yam and Cotton Breeding Programme of the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI), Dr Emmanuel Chamba, has confirmed that Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton trials in the three northern regions of the country have yielded positive results.
GHANA - Mr Kwesi Korboe, Technical Advisor, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, has called for collaboration between the public and private sector in ensuring that vegetable exporters comply with regulations of the European Union (EU).
ETHIOPIA - Almost three years after the death of Meles Zenawi, the Ethiopian parliament has approved a genetically modified organisms (GMO) law that relaxes the strict policy enforced under the late prime minister.
ZAMBIA – Research scientists have come up with draft Aflatoxin sampling procedures to facilitate effective regional trade for unprocessed maize and groundnuts in the region.
UGANDA - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Southern and Eastern African Trade, Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) Uganda to fast track the development of a standard for sesame (commonly known as sim-sim) and implementation of the EAC maize standard.
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