-The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has called on farmers to have their
produce certified by the authority before they export. NBA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr Lackson Tonga said it was very important for both small
scale and commercial farmers to have their produce certified either as non-genetically modified or containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
“We are the only institution mandated by the Act to prove whether a product is non GMO or contains GMO. We test and issue clearance. It is therefore, essential for the farmers to take it upon themselves and ensure that their produce and products are certified accordingly before they can
export. Our appeal is that the farmers should engage us,” Mr. Tonga said.
“It is also imperative that all products for exports or imports are clearly identified and labelled whether they may contain GMOs or not. So far only three farmers (two small scale and one commercial) have had their products certified this year. This is a small number compared to the number of farmers and traders exporting agricultural products in the country.”
Mr. Tonga also said under the ‘procedure for export’ its provided for that any person who intends to export any product that contains GMO or a product of a GMO shall provide the NBA with a written advance informed agreement or notification from a competent authority in GMOs of the importing country.