Allow farmers to grow GM maize, scientists plead

Julius Kitur, a farmer in Kamagut, Uasin Gishu County checks on his yellow maize crop. He has 52 acres under yellow maize with which he plans to make feeds for his dairy animals. Scientists are calling on the government to allow the growing of Genetically Modified Maize (GM) to address shortage. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The crop was modified for insect protection and drought tolerance.
  • Maize farming has in recent years been hit by prolonged droughts and a number of diseases including the virulent Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) which has wiped out whole crops in, especially, the South Rift breadbasket.
  • Pests such as the stem borer and the fall army worm have also been on the rise.

Scientists are calling on the government to allow the growing of Genetically Modified Maize (GM) to address shortage.

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