Rwanda: Wary of GMO use in East Africa (AllAfrica)

| June 27, 2016

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The Rwandan minister of agriculture and animal resources has expressed concern with the potential increase of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, in neighbouring countries, given that Rwanda has no regulatory mechanisms to prevent the import of these products.

Geraldine Mukeshimana made the statement at the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, held in Rwanda in mid-June. The conference discussed GMOs and agricultural research.

The Rwandan government says it will not lift the ban on GMOs despite a decline in crop yields in the country. Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda have stated that they would be open to using GMO seeds to increase crop yields in the face of climate change.

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Photo: Geraldine Mukeshimana, Rwandan minister of agriculture and animal resources. Credit: The New Times