Field trials of GMO maize in Kenya delayed by bureaucratic impasse

The controversy over Kenya’s plan to release Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) for field tests deepened yesterday after the Agriculture ministry turned down a request for a policy direction.

The ministry said it cannot draft a legal framework for field trials as requested by the National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) because it does not have expertise on biotech crops.

Nema had approved GMO field trials but later wrote to the ministry asking it to craft a policy framework before any such material is released for field use.

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Nema had told the Kenya Livestock and Research Organisation (Kalro) and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), who had applied for the field trials, that they had to wait for the ministry to give a go-ahead.

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The researchers will now have to wait until next year to perform the field trials, if the government will allow them, now that the short rain season that they were banking on is passing.

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AATF said they were targeting 2018 for commercialisation but this could be delayed by the ongoing impasse.

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