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Kenya: GM will Revive Textile Industry

June 6, 2014

June 2, 2014

By ScienceAfrica Team (B. Mukatia, Fred Kubai, Kiprotich Koros)

 - 13 Governors have joined scientists and researchers in the call of government to lift the ban on importation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) amid fears of looming food insecurity and declining agricultural productivity in the country.

The Governors from cotton growing counties led by Jack Ranguma, chairman of the Health and Biotechnology Committee in the Council of Governors have called on the government to expedite the commercialization of Bt cotton in the country by lifting the ban on Genetically Modified (GM) food importation.

The Governors told those attending Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology held at a Nairobi hotel, that they had earmarked adoption of the improved cotton variety to create investment and employment opportunities in their counties.  They also registered their frustration at the delayed commercialization of Bt cotton.

Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma called on the government to lift the ban on the importation of genetically modified food saying it will revive the cotton industry in the country. "We are ready in promoting the use of agricultural biotechnology to enhance food security in our counties," the Governor said.

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Source: Science Africa

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