GMO Ban in Kenya Will Soon Be Lifted

The Kenyan government will lift the ban on GMOs in two months, according to Deputy President H.E William Ruto, according to a report from the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA). The deputy presidents remarks came during his presentation at the 4th Annual Biosafety Conference organized by the Kenya National Biosafety Authority (NBA) in Nairobi.

‘‘Mark my words. In a matter of month or two we should be able to be out of the ban, I want to allay any fear from any quarter that there will be any attempt to roll back what has already been achieved and to give our undertaking to the scientific community in Kenya that you have support by the government of Kenya in facilitating the work you are doing,” Ruto said.

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Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi, Cabinet secretary, Ministry for Education, Science, and Technology, said Kenya has opted to embrace GMOs adding that the NBA conference aimed at creating biosafety awareness as well as educating the public on issues of biosafety and the role of NBA in assuring safe use of biotechnology. The minister observed that education plays a critical role towards creating scientific and knowledge savvy society