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Government Lifts Ban on GMOs Crops

The cabinet today lifted the ban on genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

In a session chaired by President William Ruto in the State House in Nairobi, the cabinet reversed the ruling banning the cultivation of GMOs based on technical reports on the introduction of biotechnology.

The cabinet said the decision was part of medium-term measures taken to address the current drought-induced food shortages in the country.

The cabinet also said there was a need to redefine the country's agriculture, and recommendations from local and international experts included the introduction of disease and pest resistant crops.

The executive pointed the finger at a decision to legalize the marketing of the hybrid cotton species Bacillus thuringiensis (BT), resistant to the African hot balloon, and to rethink textile production accordingly. When former health minister Beth Mugo made the announcement of the ban, she explained that there were safety concerns related to GMOs.

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