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Country's Decision or any other Communication
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2019-03-19 14:22 UTC (bongani@sea.org.sz)
Date of publication
2019-03-19 14:22 UTC (bongani@sea.org.sz)

General information
Country submitting the decision or communication
  • Eswatini
Competent National Authority(ies) responsible for the decision or communication
Swaziland Environment Authority
PO Box 2652
Phone:+268 404-6420
Fax:+268 404-1719,+268 404-5415,+268 404-6436
Url:Swaziland Environment Authority
Title / Reference number of the decision or communication
Decision to Release Bt Cotton in Swaziland
Date of the decision
Is the decision taken prior to entry into force of the Protocol?
Is this an amendment to a previous decision / communication?
Decision or communication details
Subject(s) of the decision
Was the decision triggered by a request for a transboundary movement of LMOs into the country?
Exporter’s contact details
JK Agri Genetics LTD
1-10-1777 Van Towers
IV Floor
Importer’s or Applicant’s contact details
Daniel Khumalo
Swaziland Cotton Board
Mancishane Street
Crop Promotion Unit
P O Box 230
Date on which the notification was received.
Date on which acknowledgement of receipt of the notification was sent to the notifier.
Date on which the decision was communicated to the notifier.
Result of the decision
  • Approval of the import/use of the LMO(s) with conditions
Conditions to Import
1. Transit Permits from any country that the GM seed with transit should be sought by the Operator (applicant/supplier).
2. Export Permit from the exporting country should be sought by the Operator (applicant/supplier)
3. The Applicant and Transporter (Operators) should take full responsibility for the load in
transit, and should be aware of the Emergency Response Measures of GMO consignments
4. Spillages during transportation should be prevented
5. Every consignment should be accompanied by an import permit
6. Remaining seed should be declared to the SEA and stored in a safe storage

Conditions to Introduce
1. The permit is specific to the cotton varieties JKCH 1050 and JKCH 1947;
2. The renewal of the permit after a single year will be dependent on compliance and the progress report and will be subjected to a simplified application procedure;
3. Progress and compliance will also be reviewed yearly;
4. Conventional cotton seed should be made available for farmers that are not interested in GM seed
5. Destruction of cotton remains in the fields should be enforced and monitored
6. Maintain the recommended isolation distances between GM and Non-GM crops
7. Control the GM seed distribution
8. Keep local or non-GM seed at the gene bank
9. This permit is specific to Insect Resistant (Bt) Cotton, not Herbicide Tolerant Cotton
10. Ensure refuge cropping
11. The refuge should be the non-GM isoline of the GM seed
12. Ensure continuous farmer training on Management Practices (Provide Extension Services)
13. The Swaziland Cotton Board should only give the GM seed to trained and certified farmers
14. The Swaziland Cotton Board should frequently monitor compliance to the permit requirements
15. The Swaziland Cotton Board should always be available for inspections by the SEA, and should also expect un-announced inspection visits
16. The SEA should be informed if there are any changes to the information that was submitted on the application documents
17. The Swaziland Cotton Board should submit a progress report at the end of the season, for the purpose of reviewing by the National Biosafety Advisory Committee before renewal or issuance of a permit for the following season
18. The SEA will also provide Inspection/Compliance Reports which will be referred to during the renewal of the permit
These conditions aim to mitigate any anticipated damages
Does the decision involve field trials?
Does the decision involve commercial release?
LMO identification
Insect resistant cotton
Mr S K Gupta Resistance to antibiotics - Kanamycin Resistance to diseases and pests - Insects - Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)
Show detection method(s)
Risk assessment
Risk Assessment Summary for the Release of Bt Cotton in Swaziland
Insect resistant cotton
Mr S K Gupta

Resistance to antibiotics - Kanamycin
Resistance to diseases and pests - Insects - Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)