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Kenya parliament calls for controlled GM maize trials

Kenya’s parliament has asked the National Biosafety Authority to allow field trials of genetically modified maize and to lift a 2012 ban barring imports of GM food into the country.

According to the Daily Nation newspaper, the parliamentary committee on agriculture tabled the report making the recommendation on 15 June. The report also asks that the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation be issued with a licence to test and develop drought- and pest-resistant maize varieties.

The call comes weeks after the NBA gave notice of intention by flower growers in the country to commence trials of GM gypsophila cut flowers, and inviting public views on the intended move.

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