Crop Biotech Update

Poultry Farmers Call to Lift GM Corn Import Ban in Zimbabwe

February 13, 2013

The poultry producers in Zimbabwe have appealed to the country's Agricultural Marketing Authority (AMA) to review the ban on the imports of genetically modified maize claiming that it severely affects the country's poultry industry. The producers said the cost of poultry production has increased because of the shortage of grain. It now costs for up to US$400 to import a ton of maize from US$120 to US$150 per ton before.

Zimbabwe requires 1,384,000 tons of maize for human consumption and 350,000 tons for livestock and other uses. During the 2011/12 cropping season, Zimbabwe produced nearly one million tons of maize--leaving a deficit of 900, 000 tons.

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