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Kenya approves field trials for transgenic bananas

Kenya will become the second country in Africa after Uganda to carry out controlled field trials of genetically modified bananas.

The National Biosafety Authority has approved the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation’s request to begin the trials at its station in Busia, western Kenya.

The trials will evaluate banana varieties resistant to Xanthomonas wilt disease, which has been devastating plantains across East Africa, threatening food security for millions.

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