Removing the Ban on GMO Increases Food Production

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President Dr William Ruto has anchored his political leadership on the principle of economic empowerment for low-income earners.

As part of his bottom-up economic model, Ruto has maintained subsidies on farm inputs to increase farm production. This is aimed at increasing supply of products in order to reduce the prices of key commodities and manage the runaway cost of living.

While running away from external borrowing and reducing the current debts, the president has focused on policies that increase local production.

One of the policy actions is to retract on the 2012 decision of banning the importation and cultivation of GMO crops. The ban is intended to increase agricultural production amid biting droughts across the country.

Firms involved in the GMO seed manufacturing are now free to invest in the production of GMO seeds and supply to farmers to hasten food production.

The approval of GMO is also intended to bolster the importation of GMO crops to bridge the gap of food shortages in the country.

The Cabinet assures the country that the decision has taken the required steps to determine the viability of GMOs. This includes working with experts from the Kenya National Biosafety Authority (NBA), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Kenya is now the second African country to legalize GMO importation after South Africa.

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