Kenya urged to speed up the commercialisation of GM foods

Maize in a farm in Uasin Gishu. A biotechnologist has urged Kenya to speed up the commercialisation of genetically modified foods so as to ease the conflict fuelled by the scramble for diminishing pastures and farmlands. FILE PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Mr Otunge said a highly preferred crop among rural communities, cassava, was now in jeopardy following the outbreak of the cassava mosaic disease.
  • He said the potential for GMO crops in Africa was huge since about 300 million people lived under threat of starvation.
  • He said Kenya needed to heavily invest in agricultural innovation to avert hunger.
  • Kenya recently approved national field trials for bio-tech maize ushering a near-possibility for its commercialisation.

A biotechnologist has urged Kenya to speed up the commercialisation of genetically modified foods so as to ease the conflict fuelled by the scramble for diminishing pastures and farmlands which are blamed for food shortages.

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