UGANDA - Ugandan scientists are worried that ongoing research on genetically modified crops may have to be put on hold due to lack of a regulatory framework to guide its production.
KENYA – Delegates at an international Agri-biotech and Biosafety Communication conference in Nairobi have called on the Kenyan Government to lift the 2-year ban on GMO imports into the country.
AFRICA - Emerging agricultural technologies such as genetically-modified (GM) crops have a big role in addressing the perennial food shortages while promoting sustainable land use in developing countries, says an expert in international development.
ZAMBIA - The Zambia Alliance for Agro-ecology and Biodiversity Conservation (ZAABC) says there is an influx of genetically-modified (GM) food products in some supermarkets due to failure by the National Biosafety Authority (NBA) to carry out its mandate effectively.
GHANA - The Former Director General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Prof. Walter Sandow Alhassan, has called on Ghanaian farmers to ignore claims against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by a section of the public.
RWANDA - Rwanda’s tea industry could be destined for a better year following a consensus among key sector players to increase the liquor quality benchmark to at least 7 out of the possible 11 aggregates.
KENYA - The Chinese government has rejected most of Kenya’s tea leaves over high fluoride content, erecting yet another road block on Kenya’s bid to grow its earnings from tea exports.
SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa, the world’s biggest orange exporter after Spain and Egypt, will avoid citrus shipments through Spanish ports to avert a possible ban after authorities there refused producers permission to inspect testing facilities for black-spot disease.
KENYA - Foreign investors targeted by government for mass cotton production are reluctant to invest in the venture unless Kenya reverses the ban on GMO products.
GHANA - A thirteen-member Board of Directors of the National Biosafety Authority has been inaugurated at a ceremony in Accra.
KENYA - Flower farmers in Kenya could access the European market duty-free as early as next month.
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