Kenyan Regulator to Release Decision on GM Crops This Month
The Kenya National Biosafety Authority is expected to release their decision on the application of the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) and African Agricultural Technology Foundation to release biotech maize seeds. According to NBA chief executive Willy Tonui, the decision will be made this month about biotech maize, while the second ruling in February will touch on biotech cotton.
Kenya prohibited the planting and importation of biotech maize, locking out major exporters including South Africa from the local market which faces frequent grain shortage. Thus, the scientists are pressing for the release of biotech seeds to farmers to increase production of crops.
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This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)