B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports:
An online weekly newsletter, Crop Biotech Update, reported on June 6, 2017, that farmers in Mwanza Province, North Eastern Tanzania urged their government to hasten delivery of GM crops which they said would save them from crop failure.
The maize, cassava, and cotton farmers whose crop has been severely affected by stalk borer pests, cassava mosaic, disease and African cotton bollworm, respectively said they had applied chemical and cultural methods against the pests with no success over the years. They disclosed the problem to Tanzanian government officials, journalists, and scientists who visited their farms during a media training organised by Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa. Read more