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Which crops have been modified?

  • Maize for insect resistance and herbicide tolerance
  • Soya bean for herbicide resistance and fatty acid content. 
  • Potato for insect resistance and starch content.
  • Cotton for insect resistance and herbicide tolerance.
  • Oilseed rape for herbicide tolerance and fatty acid content
  • Papaya for virus resistance
  • Alfalfa for herbicide tolerance
  • Squash for virus resistance
  • Sugar beet for herbicide tolerance

 The above list is not exhaustive. It however shows the bulk of the crops commercialized to date. More and more crops will soon be coming out of biotechnology laboratories as the science of modern biotechnology gathers momentum and acceptance.

  • GM Testing Laboratory

    The NBA’s GMO Testing Laboratory was officially opened by the senior government official from the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, on 13 September 2017.

    Resources for setting up the laboratory were provided by the Government of Zimbabwe and the European Union. The Government of Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development and NBA renovated an already existing super structure into a laboratory. Whereas, the European Union supplied equipment worth US$90, 434.18. 

    The NBA will use this laboratory as a facility for GMO detection, quantification, identification, monitoring and surveillance. The laboratory contributes greatly towards development of the National Biosafety Framework. This Biosafety level 1 laboratory is an initial step towards the development of a National Biosafety Reference Laboratory. It shall be upgraded so that it has biosafety levels 2 -4. This will enable NBA to safely analyse and handle high risk category organisms like Ebola and HIV.

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  • Zim moves to draft GM labelling laws

    Sifelani Tsiko: Zimbabwe has made a huge step towards establishing genetically modified (GM)labelling laws which seek to



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