The GMO way or not – Kenya Decides

There has been  a lot of controversy on whether Kenya should allow for GMO seeds (Genetically modified organisms) to be released to the public or not. The debate arose after a ban was imposed in November 2012. However the Kenyan government through Deputy President William Ruto at a past event on August 12th 2015 had said that the ban would be lifted. This he said followed concluded consultations.

News in as at January 4th 2016 reveal that Kenyans will know whether genetically modified maize will be grown in the country by the end of this month, while a second ruling on cotton will be made in February 2016.

Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro) have continued field trials of GMO maize at its Kiboko Research Station with a clear intention of releasing it for commercial application. Kalro recently announced that its GMO maize was ready for cultivation by farmers subject to approval by the relevant regulatory agency.

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