By Mercy Kahenda — The Standard Media, 19 October 2015
Farmers have asked the Government not to lift the ban on Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) food products.
They said GMOs would contaminate their yields and also expressed concern that small-scale farmers will not afford the biotechnology as it requires expensive chemicals in pest control.
Speaking in Nakuru during the World Food Day, farmers’ representatives said GMO was not a solution to food insecurity facing the country. The Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN) director Wanjiru Kamau challenged researchers to concentrate on finding suitable high-breed crop varieties to be grown in various regions.
She, however, observed that the BT maize variety being encouraged by scientists at Kiboko Research Centre would contaminate the current breed as it requires a lot of chemicals to control pests.
The Community Rehabilitation and Environmental Protection Programme director Collins Ochieng said scientists should come up with new technologies that meet the real needs of farmers.
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