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April 3rd, 2018 / Business Daily, Kenya

Plans for commercial cultivation of genetically modified maize in Kenya have been dealt a blow after a plants agency declined to give State scientists the green light to proceed with the exercise.

National Biosafety Authority, the body responsible for regulating GMOs, had late last year written to the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro) allowing them to go ahead with field trials for biotech maize after consulting with the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis).

But Kephis rejected Kalro’s request, saying they can only be allowed to conduct national performance trials (NPTs) with authorisation from the National Environmental Management Authority (Nema).

“We made a request to Kephis through a letter but they declined so the whole process has stopped there,” said a senior director of Kalro. Read more