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TITLE:  ENSURE IMPORTED FOOD, STOCK FEED & SEED MEET LOCAL HEALTH REQUIREMENTS - DR MUCHENA

SOURCE: ZBCNews, Zimbabwe

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URL:    http://www.newsnet.co.zw/index.php?nID=14480

DATE:   01.12.2008

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ENSURE IMPORTED FOOD, STOCK FEED & SEED MEET LOCAL HEALTH REQUIREMENTS - DR MUCHENA

The Minister of Science and Technology Development Dr Olivia Muchena has called on relevant stakeholders to ensure that imported food, stock feed and seed meet the local health requirements.

The Minister of Science and Technology Development Dr Olivia Muchena has called on relevant stakeholders to ensure that imported food, stock feed and seed meet the local health requirements.

Speaking at a workshop in Harare the Minister Of Science and Technology Development Dr Olivia Muchena said there has been an upsurge in imports including food and seed, a development which has made it necessary to put measures in place that protects the country?s long term economic interests.

Dr Muchena said there is need to tightly monitor the imports for purposes of ensuring that genetically modified products do not floot the country as this will cost us exports markets in countries and regions that are still uncomfortable with Genetically Modified Products.

The national biotechnology authority of Zimbabwe has been charged with ensuring that genetically modified products are used in a safe and responsible manner in pursuit of national development goals.

A genetically modified organism (GMO) is a life form whose genetic structure has been altered by incorporating a gene that will express a desirable attribute, often termed gene splicing.


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