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Watchdog condemns moves to include maize in biofuels strategy

Agrofuels - Media Releases

The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) is deeply concerned about the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Tina
Joemat-Petersson's statements on 8th of October 2010 that South Africa's biofuels strategy should be revised to include maize. The Minister's stance has been influenced by the huge surplus of conventional and GM maize produced by South African farmers this season and the difficulty encountered by them to find markets for this maize. Nevertheless, the Minister's position reneges on prior government commitments to exclude the use of maize for biofuels because of food security reasons.

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