Arusha. Genetically modified organisms (GMO) technology can boost food production in
However, she said using GMO to achieve food security was not an easy task because it calls for a comprehensive legal and institutional framework before it is put in place.
Dr Abdallah, who until recently served as technical director with the
"This issue is now being discussed in policy forums. At least there is some general awareness now on the subject among policy makers and other stakeholders," she said.
She said fears which have generated in the past over GMO products have been found to be false and that what the government should do was to ensure the introduction of the technology fell within the internationally accepted regulatory framework.
She was speaking during a training of biosafety inspectors from TPRI. The Arusha-based research institution would handle all GMO products in the agricultural sector.
Other national institutions which are to be involved in genetic engineering programmes include the
A biotechnology research scientist with
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