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West Africa risks massive introduction of GMO: UEMOA
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21:04, July 10, 2007

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West African region is likely to face increased risks of massive introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in the next few years, West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA)'s commissioner in charge of rural development, natural resources and environment Ismail Binguitcha-Fare has said.

"It's highly possible that UEMOA sub-region will be faced with biotechnology development, and more particularly that of massive introduction of GMO in the next few years," Binguitcha-Fare was quoted as saying Monday by Pan-African News Agency (PANA), while making a contribution during a meeting on regional bio-security orientation and monitoring program (PRB) organized by UEMOA in the Senegalese capital.

The meeting's objective was to officially inaugurate PRB's regional monitoring committee.

According to Binguitcha-Fare, tests are currently underway and once the new seeds are fully developed, they will be sold through formal and informal channels.

"This will pose a real threat to biodiversity, if no safety measures are put in place," said Binguitcha-Fare, proposing the elaboration of a memorandum of understanding project between the relevant sub-region partners with a view of developing essential synergies for implementing UEMOA's regional bio-security program.

Source: Xinhua

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