It is reported that, for the first time in twelve years, the ban on imports of genetically modified maize has been lifted by Zimbabwe’s government.
With the country trying to cope with the worst drought in 40 years and a crippling economic crisis, the diminishing grain reserves made the authorities look for a way out.
“Government weighs its position on genetically modified corn against the nutritional needs of the nation and proceeds guided by that assessment,” Nick Mangwana, the government’s main spokesman, advised.
However, he did not confirm if the ban had actually been lifted unlike three officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. They claimed the genetically modified maize was imported from South Africa, quarantined, and milled into mealie meal.