Kenya takes fresh look at GM crops technology

Business Daily Kenya:  Kenya has been singled out by biotechnology experts as among three states in the continent which is making steady pr...

Business Daily Kenya: 

Kenya takes fresh look at GM crops technology.

Kenya has been singled out by biotechnology experts as among three states in the continent which is making steady progress towards the bumpy road of having Genetically Modified (GM) crops commercialised.

Malawi and Nigeria are the other two countries where a new acceptance wave is gaining momentum. The countries, the latest global progress on the science report for last year, estimates controlled a global market value of Sh1.6 trillion in form of transiting from research to granting environmental release approvals.

The value is not part of the estimated revenues of the harvested commercial ‘end products’ that the Global Status of Commercialised GM crops for the year 2015 report estimated to be more than 10 times greater than the value of the of the seed of the crops.

Experts gathered at Thika-based Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation centre headed by Dr Charles Waturu agreed the country would be ahead in GM crops adoption were it not for bad politics.

“The greatest problem is bad politics. Lack of goodwill leads to less funding for research in this country,” he said. The country’s principal Bt Cotton researcher said South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Swaziland and Egypt are also making moving towards commercialising specific GM crops.

A 2016 report by International Service for Acquisition of Agro Biotech Applications say farmers in 26 countries grew the crop in 185.1 million hectares- up from 1.7 million hectares in 1996 when the first crops were grown.

The post Kenya takes fresh look at GM crops technology appeared first on Mediamax Network Limited.

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