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MUSHIMBA CALLS FOR ENHANCED GENE TECHNOLOGY REGULATORY WORK

MINISTER of Higher Education Brian Mushimba has called on the National Bio-safety Authority (NBA) to continue its regulatory work in Gene Technology and ensure bio safety.

Dr Mushimba said it is high time that people appreciated biotechnology as it is here to stay. Biotechnology provides for solutions to agriculture, health and the environment.

He called on NBA to broaden sensitization on the use of Generically Modified Organisms (GMOs) to the populace as the act and policy are reviewed in order to provide a correct perception and remove the negative connotations.

“Science is part of our daily lives and it is therefore important to embrace it in our daily activities. In view of the 2030 vision, it is important to reflect on what has been scored and make headway”, he stated.

Dr Mushimba stated that the NBA must collaborate with other science institutions in order to move on the research agenda progressively for the development of the country.

And NBA Registrar Lackson Tonga said it is gratifying to have NBA offices completed as it is a milestone that has arrived at emanated from a charge that was directed by the ministry to find alternatives on financial cost reduction on rentals of the previously occupied office space seating on the sister institution, National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (NISIR).

“Government was providing a single window facility real time on GMOs to scrutinize entry points, NBA was also up scaling on partnership involvements with a number of entities and currently having collaborations with Zambia Revenue Authority”, he stated.

He has since called on the ministry to facilitate for the appointment of a Regular Scientific Committee and NBA board.

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Written by Jessica Mwansa

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