Kenya to import first genetically modified maize amid drought and meals shortages

Kenya is ready to import its first genetically modified maize, the commerce cupboard secretary stated, as the federal government seeks to ease meals shortages brought on by the nation’s worst drought in 40 years.

Native media reported that Kenya will on Friday authorize the duty-free importation of 10 million sacks of maize over the following six months and can embrace genetically modified maize for the primary time.

The imports would be the first since President William Ruto final month lifted a decade-old ban on the cultivation and import of genetically modified crops, which authorities hope will enhance crop yields and meals safety as hundreds of thousands go hungry.

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10 million sacks of maize will be imported into Kenya over the next six months.  Pictured: Villager Caroline is seen in a dry maize field amid a historically devastating drought in Kidemu sub-location in Kilifi County, Kenya on March 23, 2022.

10 million sacks of maize will probably be imported into Kenya over the following six months. Pictured: Villager Caroline is seen in a dry maize subject amid a traditionally devastating drought in Kidemu sub-location in Kilifi County, Kenya on March 23, 2022.
(Dong Jianghui/Xinhua through Getty Photographs)

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“In view of the meals scenario within the nation, I will probably be signing devices to permit duty-free imports of GM (genetically modified) maize and non-GM maize for the following 6 months,” Secretary Moses Kuria stated on Twitter.

Annual rains have failed in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia for the previous 4 seasons, forcing 1.5 million individuals from their properties seeking water and meals elsewhere.

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