Biotech Updates

Swaziland Minister Encourages Farmers to Accept Biotech Crops

September 3, 2014

Swaziland Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Jabulani Mabuza, challenged local farmers to grow biotech crops to increase their yield and income. He said this during his speech in the launch of ISAAA Brief 46 (Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2013) in Mbabane, Swaziland on August 27, 2014. Mabuza added that 27 countries are planting biotech crops globally but only 3 countries in Africa are using this technology. Thus, he encourages Swazis to learn more about biotech crops and apply the technology when commercialized in their country.

The Swaziland Cotton Board has already filed an application for field trials with the Swaziland Environment Authority (SEA). "At the moment, there has not been much activity when it comes to biotech crops in the country, but I am aware that the National Biosaftey Advisory Committee (NBAC) has been reviewing an application from the Swaziland Cotton Board to conduct confined field trials and the committee is on the verge of finalizing the review and assessment of sites where the trials will be conducted. Hopefully, the SEA will be getting advise from the committee soon," said Mabuza.

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