Maize shortage in Kenya renews calls for GMOs

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Maize production in Kenya is under serious threat as there is a reported limited availability of quality maize in the country.

This has reignited calls for commercial farming of genetically modified maize to plug the production gap.

According to Cereal Millers Association (CMA) Chairman Nick Hutchinson, most of the available maize in the market is wet, diseased, rotten or has high levels of aflatoxins.

Mr Hutchinson is of the opinion that there is a need for the country to start considering genetically modified foods as a stop gap solution to the situation.

“. . . it needs to be part of agriculture not just in Kenya but in East Africa and the larger region. There are many benefits both to food safety, food nutrition and most importantly to our own farm productivity,” Mr Hutchinson said.

. . . .Shortage of maize has seen flour prices go up by as much as Sh15.

. . . International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), Director Margaret Karembu said genetically modified foods could assist in the reduction of the many setbacks facing maize farming.

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