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Kenya could lose millions in donor funding after stopping biotech crop trials

| | January 20, 2017
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Kenya stands to lose millions of shillings in donor funding after the government failed to permit biotechnology crop trials, a State body has warned.

Kenya Agriculture Research and Livestock Organisation (Kalro) said donors would likely divert the money to other countries that have embraced the technology in their farming.

Kalro director-general Eliud Kiplimo Kireger said his organisation receives an average Sh300 million ($2.9 million) annually while universities and other institutions get more than a Sh1 billion ($9.6 million) in funding.

Kenya stopped field trials of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) crops besides banning imports, leaving biotechnology proponents at a crossroads. The Ministry of Health last year rejected plans for the release of GM maize for field trials.

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