Bunge la Mwananchi de­mands field tri­als for ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied maize

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries / Judiciary -

A civil so­ci­ety group has de­manded ap­proval of field tri­als for ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied maize. Bunge la Mwananchi na­tional speaker Chekai Musa said the na­tional per­for­mance tri­als, to be con­ducted by the Kenya Health In­spec­torate Ser­vice, will let the pub­lic know if the crops will be ben­e­fi­cial to farm­ers or not. He said the civil so­ci­ety sup­ports re­search, not im­por­ta­tion of GM prod­ucts. The Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity has de­nied is­su­ing a per­mit to al­low field trails for ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied maize in Kenya. Direc­tor gen­eral Prof Geoffrey Wahungu said the au­thor­ity has not li­censed the en­vi­ron­men­tal re­lease of the na­tional per­for­mance trial for GMO maize-MON8100. This is con­trary to what had been ear­lier posted on Nema’s of­fi­cial web­site. In Au­gust, the au­thor­ity’s web­site showed the ap­pli­ca­tion has been ap­proved, though no per­mit has been is­sued.

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