KTN News Kenya posted a news segment broadcasted from the site of a current GM maize field trial. Supporters of the GM maize say benefits of the crop will be increased food security as well as a reduction of poverty as crop yields increase farmer income. The National Biosafety Authority has agreed to trials taken nationwide over two years to compare both GM and conventional corn crops. Thus far, officials have said the GM maize achieved yields of about 40% higher than conventional maize, in addition to presenting drought and pest resistant qualities. Scientists have used the news to encourage government to lift the current GM maize ban, with the hope that farmers will soon be able to benefit from these crops.
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