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Biosafety authority wants ban on GMO imports lifted

Kenya is expected to lift the ban on imports of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in the next three months after the biosafety authority recommended an end to the four-year freeze.

National Biosafety Authority (NBA) chief executive Willy Tunoi says the regulator has advised Parliament and the Executive on the need to lift the ban that was imposed in 2012.

This would end the restrictions on GM maize that have locked out major exporters including South Africa from the Kenyan market, which faces frequent grain deficits.

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Uganda seeks ways to manage the regulation of biotechnology

Left: A scientist explains biotechnology research to a group of visitors at Namulonge research institute. As the research progress, the best way to manage the products and related issues will have to be considered. PHOTO BY LOMINDA AFEDRARU


With Biotechnology, Nigeria Can Feed Her Population

By Patrick Ugeh

The Director General of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Rufus Ebegba, has identified biotechnology as a veritable tool for economic advancement, saying that with it, Nigeria could feed her population and attain sustainable development goals.

He made this assertion on Thursday in Abuja while inaugurating a six-man technical committee charged with the responsibility of reviewing the application dossier for the release of genetically modified cotton for on-farm trial and maize for confined field trial.


Delay to accept GM technology not good for us

Finally, our neighbour, Kenya, is set to lift the ban on imports of genetically modified (GM) food crops by the end of this month, according to Bioscience for Farmers in Africa newsletter (January 13, 2016). The country banned GM crops in November 2012 citing fears that they were a danger to health.

Kenya depends heavily on maize for food with an estimated annual consumption of 103 kilogrammes of maize per citizen. However, in 2011, prior to the ban, there was an outbreak of Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease, which threatened to wipe out entire crops


Science council okays GM maize trials

Approval for trials of genetically modified (GM) maize has been granted by the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology, Daily Monitor has learnt.
The confined field trial is to test whether the GM maize can withstand adverse climate conditions as well as diseases.


Uganda's First Field Observation of GM Potato Shows Extreme Resistance to Late Blight

The first field trial of genetically modified (GM) potatoes resistant to potato blight conducted in Uganda from October 2015 to January 2016 has been completed at the Kachwekano Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (KaZARDI) of the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) near Kabale.


Scientists allowed to release GMO seeds for field trials

The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has allowed researchers to release Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) crop for field trials, marking a new turn is the raging debate over adoption of biotechnology plants.

NBA board met on Thursday last week and made the decision following the application by a group of scientists seeking the permission for the release of the crop for field trials.

Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO) and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), the proponents of the crops, made the application last year.

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

GM foods becoming a reality in Kenya

By Gilbert arap Bor

This could be the big turning-point for biotechnology in agriculture: Deputy President William Ruto has announced that our country will lift its ban on genetically modified foods and has started the process of allowing the commercialisation of GM crops.

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Lift GMO ban for food security, Kenyan MPs ask

By Kibiwott Korros

NAIROBI: MPs from seven committees have backed scientists and asked the Government to lift the ban on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

If allowed, all parts of the country will have a chance to grow maize, including areas with severe scorching conditions like Marsabit, Turkana, Wajir and Mandera.

Date Posted: 
Monday, August 31, 2015

Kenya Has Capacity to Grow GMOs, Parliamentarians Say

Ten Kenyan parliamentarians drawn from various house committees have assured scientists of their support in biotech research. They said this after touring various agri-biotechnology research facilities during a biotechnology travelling workshop in Nairobi organized by ISAAA AfriCenter, the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) together with Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) and the National Commission for Science Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) with partners.

Date Posted: 
Monday, August 31, 2015


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