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September 8th, 2017 / Malawi Post

Malawi’s Parliamentary Committee on Women Caucus, said it supports the current research on Genetically Modified (GM) crops in a bid to avert another food crisis in Malawi.

The Committee’s stand comes amid heavy debate among the public on whether the Malawi should embrace GM crops surpassing hybrid seed for increased food production.

The Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) is currently undertaking several crops trials, including cow peas, soya been, and cotton seed.

The introduction of GM studies in Malawi comes with misgivings that the crops enhances with technological additives, cause cancer.

In a day-long biotechnology and biosafety conference, which the Parliamentary Women’s Caucus held on Wednesday in Lilongwe, backed the trials in a bid to avert a food crisis.

The conference attracted lawmakers from Uganda, and Malawi, and they emphasized the need for thorough consultation and massive awareness campaign on the matter.

In an interview with The Maravi Post, the Committees Chairperson, Dr. Jessie Kabwira, said the country should embrace technologies that improve people’s lives coupled with safety. Read more