Kenya: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

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Genetically engineered (GE) Gypsophila will likely reach the market before Bt cotton and Bt corn, as GE Gypsophila is not subject to national performance trials (NPTs) stipulated in the Kenya Seeds and Plant Variety Act. In addition, the non-controversial nature of the GE plant in terms of food and environmental safety, favors its early release into the market. Commercialization of Bt. cotton will follow later in 2018 when the NPTs are completed. On September 8, 2017, the Government of Kenya (GOK) approved the environmental release through open field trials for Bt. cotton, an effort to revive Kenya’s cotton industry. If Kenya’s plans move forward for cotton, this would be the first open field trials for a GE product. Despite the progress on GE development, the import ban on GE products remains.

Kenya: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

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