Kenya to test Bt Maize

GMO Maize
National Biosafety Authority, chief executive officer, Dr Willy Tanui

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).

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