Nairobi — Kenya is withholding approval for field trials of genetically modified (GM) maize because some officials argue that a ban on GM imports applies to controlled growing tests as well, according to a person familiar with the deliberations.
“Big blow” to GMO companies
Feb 23 Kenya's Mumias Sugar expected to perform better in the second half after posting a wider pretax loss for the six months ended Dec. 31, the company said on Tuesday, adding falling prices due to illegal imports could pose a challenge.
Kenya may soon allow the use of genetically-modified cotton and maize seeds following pressure from agribusiness giant Monsanto, USAID, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Kenyans will know whether genetically modified maize will be grown in the country at the end of this month.
The Kenya Small Scale Farmers Forum has moved to court in a bid to stop the Kenyan government from lifting the ban on genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
By Agatha Ngotho