A false report has been circulating the internet that Nigeria has released GM rice to the market. There is presently no GM rice even available for consumption world-wide, although there is research being done with several varieties. The report is false, according to the Nigerian government, and was likely crafted to cause panic.
In a turnabout decision, Kenya’s NEMA (National Environmental Management Authority) has ruled out immediate trials for GMOs, now requiring the Agriculture ministry to revisit policy. The agency had approved field trials to begin but now says that researchers need to wait for the ministry to approve it. If that happens, the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis) will begin trials that will likely take up to two years, after which seed multiplication and supply will happen.
In Kenya’s Kitale region, the Kenya Plant and Health Inspectorate Service will begin testing GMO insect-resistant maize before releasing it to farmers potentially in 2018 (should it perform better than conventional crops). See the article here in the Star. It is hoped that the Bt Maize will reduce the amount of crop lost to stem-borer (presently about 13 percent of Kenya’s crop, which equates to 400,000 tons of maize a year).