Uncertainty over GMO ban as Cabinet okays BT cotton

Bt cotton in a controlled trial farm in Mwea, Kirinyaga. A ban on importation or growing of GMO in the country has been in place since 2012. FILE PHOTO | NMG

What you need to know:

  • This will see Kenyan farmers get access to biotech (BT) cotton that has been touted as superior to the conventional one, with experts saying it can raise annual production to 260,000 bales, from current level of 28,000 bales.
  • The decision was reached on Thursday during a Cabinet meeting that was chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Cabinet has approved the growing of genetically modified cotton in the country even as confusion reigns over the 2012 ban on such crops.

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