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November 5th, 2018 / IPP Media

THE Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) has joined farmers across the country in pushing for changes to existing agricultural laws to allow the use of genetically modified
organism (GMO) seed varieties because they are drought resistant and can’t be easily destroyed by pests.

This follows successful trials conducted at the TARI maize illustration farm in Makutupora, Dodoma region. Farmers from across the country are reported to have last week visited TARI’s farm in the company of new TARI board members, and come away satisfied with the trial results.

“We are satisfied that GMO seeds can give us good maize yields if the government allows its use and production locally,” said TARI board chairman Dr Yohana Budeba, adding: “Farmers stand to reap more from their sweat”. Read more