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BotswanaBotswana - The need for Biosafety towards ensuring conservation of the plant genetic resources
Botswana has just held farmers workshop on conservation of the plant genetic resources in the north west Maun on the 15th February 2019. One of the most contentious issue was the need for the national biosafety law and legal administrative measures to ensure that the GMO technology is used in a manner that will protect the traditional cultivated crop varieties. Dr. Motlalepula Pholo gave a presentation about GMOs and the importance of Biosafety, which contributes towards ensuring sustainable use and conservation of genetic biodiveristy. Farmers appreciated this information and requested the National Competent Authority office to continue educating them on this technology and their role as farmers, consumers and members of community trust for the conservation of natural resources, to actively work together and engage with policy makers in expediting the approval of the National Biosafety law. They also appreciated the importance the Biosafety Clearing House, particularly on information sharing and finding information about GMOs and international news about new developments on this technology.