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THE government has said it would focus on boosting production of non-genetically modified organisms (GMOs) foods as it targets markets where there is high demand for naturally produced foods.

Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Joseph Made told journalists Tuesday that production and sale of products containing GMOs remained banned in the country.

“This is a cabinet position that we will not allow the introduction of GM products,” he said.

In defending the ban on GM products, authorities argue that no conclusive studies have been carried out especially on their effects on health.

“What matters to us is timely availability of inputs (for farmers). These are critical matters that will see us increasing production and not GMO material per se,” Made said.

Zimbabwe is facing increasing pressure to allow GM products in the country due to slumping agricultural production.

The government is currently working on initiatives to increase productivity without resorting to GMOs.

Made said the government is also working to re-establish beef exports to the European Union.

The EU banned Zimbabwean beef exports over a decade ago due to disease outbreaks.

“It is not a secret that all beef entering the European market must be GMO free.

“There is a niche market for our beef and we would like to take part in that sector because we are GMO free,” said the minister.

Source : New Zimbabwe