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Dar's GMOs delay by Zephania Ubwani
21-January-2012 The Citizen View
Arusha. Legal technicalities,
rather than safety concerns, could be the main reason for
the delay by Tanzania to embrace the genetically modified
organisms (GMOs) technology, an expert observed here on Monday.
This is because of fears of liabilities in case the application
of the technology led to some problems. The technology has
consistently been criticized by activists and experts alike,
locally and abroad.
Dr Roshan Abdallah, the director of technical services
of the Tropical Pesticides Research Institute (TPRI) said
there are still concerns on the genetically engineered organisms,
especially to the agricultural sector.
She stated this when briefing dons from the Nelson Mandela
African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), that
reservations people have on GMOs was behind failure by the
government to operationalise the National Biotechnology
She said the policy was passed in 2010 and was expected
to embrace the positive aspects of biotechnology, GMOs being
one of them.
Dr Abdallah, one of the lead scientists to spearhead research
on the issue, said Tanzania has prepared itself for biotechnology
for some years, but regretted that the drive to realize
it appear to have fallen on deaf ears.
"Tanzania has prepared itself for GMOs. These include
developing and putting in place bio-safety regulations and
guidelines," she said as she took experts from the
newly-established university around TPRI laboratories.
She added that many policy makers and officials are still
scared of GMOs despite sensitisation campaigns that have
been going on, especially since 2006 when TPRI started to
lay ground for research trials.
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