Regulatory status

  • Biosafety Proclamation and Biosafety Directives adopted since 2009.
  • Revision of the Biosafety Directives started in 2016 and being finalized
  • Biosafety organized as a directorate under the Ministry of Agriculture, Forest and Climate Change
  • A Director named and four new biosafety officers recruited
  • Government has approved budget for the recruitment of more staff

R&D status

  • Bt cotton: First field trials of Bt cotton planted in July 2016