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Kenya’s GM maize field trials hit fresh snag

Plans by the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization to conduct field trials of genetically modified maize this year have hit a snag, after one of the many government agencies that regulate the technology declined to give its consent.

The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services declined to give the nod to commencement of field trials, saying that the tests could proceed only after they had been okayed by another government organisation, the National Environment Management Agency.

Kephis appeared to be putting responsibility for final consent on Nema, a state body that often comes under fire for inefficiency and corruption.

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