Crop Biotech Update

Namibia Launches First GM Detection Lab

January 31, 2018

A laboratory for testing food and genetically modified products was opened in Namibia for the first time. The laboratory, designed by the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology, was presented by higher education minister, Itah Kandjii-Murangi in Windhoek.

According to Kandjii-Murangi, the laboratory will be vital in ensuring that only the GM products approved for use in the country will be placed on the market. Aside from that, the laboratory will build the capacity of Namibian researchers and professors in the field of biotechnology. This will further help the country to be in a better position to make informed choices on what food to purchase using scientific evidence. She stressed that the misinformation on biotechnology in the country is caused by lack of detection capacity and training in biotechnology. She urged the universities and private institutions to utilize the laboratory.

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