He was responding to a supplementary question from Ms
The deputy minister said he promoted the use of science and scientific research and not the use of the products of GMO technology because the research were vital for development of the country. "Yes, I promote science and scientific research and not biotechnology use in the country," he said.
He said the government had allowed GMO research on major food and cash crops including banana, coffee, rice, cotton and cassava.
He said the scientific research into GMO technology on crops was vital to promote productivity and counter current global challenges including those brought about by climate change.
However, there are views that
The Deputy Speaker, Mr Job Ndugai said no one could block the use of science research to counter global challenges including climatic change and diseases. "GMO is there to stay," he chipped in.
He said there have been unfounded claims that genetic engineering leads to disastrous impact on the environment and farmers to be held at ransom by a few multinational seed companies.
The deputy minister said research by various organizations including
He was responding to a question from Mr Murtaza Mangungu (Kilwa North- CCM) who asked how the government was prepared to provide education on the GMO that has so far caused confusion to the people.
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