National GMO lab opens its doors
29 Jan 2018 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 29 JAN (NAMPA) The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) opened its national Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) testing and research laboratory in the capital on Monday.
In a statement delivered on her behalf, Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation Itah Kandjii-Murangi said the laboratory will provide testing services for GMOs and GMO products.
GMO testing is crucial to ensure that only GMOs and GMO products that are approved for use in Namibia, are on the market, said Kandjii-Murangi.
The laboratory is designed to test for GMOs and for research and training in the field of biotechnology.
It will also therefore play a role in building local capacity through research, producing professors and researchers in the field of biotechnology, she stated.
Kandjii-Murangi attributed misinformation on biotechnology products in Namibia to a lack of capacity and resources to conduct food safety and quality assessment.
By building local food safety assessment capacity, Namibia will be in a better position to make informed decisions on the standard of food that is produced or imported through evidence-based approach, she noted.
She called on universities, pharmacies and the food industry to make full use of the laboratory.
The GMO testing laboratory forms part of the now renovated NCRST Innovation Hub in Windhoeks Olympia residential area.