Government has revealed that it has no intentions of allowing the importation of Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs).
Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda said in an interview that reports that Government is considering lifting the ban on GMO imports are inaccurate.
Mr Lubinda was reacting to a statement issued by FDD President Edith Nawakwi who challenged Government to come out clean on the application by Shoprite to allow the chain store to import some GMO foods into Zambia.
He said there is no Government official who has even tabled a proposal to ask Government to lift the ban on GMOs.
“The PF Government is very responsible. We are alive to the fact that GMOs is a matter of government policy, it was a government policy in 2012 issued against GMO. If we decide to lift the ban, we will make it public in a similar vein, we shall engage the public,” Mr Lubinda said.
He added, “as far as government is concerned and as Minister responsible for food in this country, no member of government has made a proposal to go GMO, moreover, why should we even consider going GMO at a time when we are able to feed our people on non GMO food?”
Mr Lubinda said the FDD leader must stopping issuing alarming statements on key national issues.
“Madam Edith Nawakwi must desist from being an alarmist and from trying to pick on issues that are nonexistent just to try to win a little bit of public attention. I would like to advise my dear sister Edith to be truthful in her statement”, he said.
“I know Edith is not very happy that she is losing her plot very quickly and she is becoming irrelevant on the political landscape and is looking for ways of regaining her political relevance, let her do so by being truthful.”