Allow GMO soya oil producers

22.02.2018

OIL Expressers Association chairman, Busisa Moyo, has called on government to review its ban on the use of genetically modified varieties in soya bean production in order to increase local output and reduce reliance on costly imports.

Zimbabwe imports the bulk of its soya bean requirements, resulting in an increase in the import bill.

Moyo said imports could be significantly reduced by the introduction of genetically modified organism (GMO) varieties in local production.

The country’s oil seed import needs grew from 50 percent in 2001 to 90 percent in 2014, 92 percent in 2015 and 93 percent in 2016.The country requires 150 000 metric tonnes (mt) of soya beans per year but is currently importing 120 000 mt, with local production at 30 000 mt.


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