The Cabinet sitting held by the President Uhuru Kenyatta approved growing of genetically Modified cotton across the country. The Cabinet also approved the budget that would see Cotton being grown across the cotton-growing regions.

Genetically Modified Cotton approved by Cabinet and its budget -PS Agriculture Hamadi Mboga
BT Cotton approved by the Kenyas' cabinet. PHOTO | BMS

The Cabinet approved the growing of genetically modified cotton in the country even as uncertainty reigns over the 2012 ban on such crops.

The move will see Kenyan farmers get access to biotech (BT) cotton that has been promoted as superior to the conventional ones, with experts saying it can raise annual production to 260,000 bales, from the current level of 28,000 bales.

The decision was given on Thursday during a Cabinet meeting chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“The Cabinet has approved commercial farming of BT cotton hybrids following successful completion of field trials conducted over five years,” Agriculture Principal Secretary Hamadi Boga.

“The case that we are currently putting forward is the one on cotton, after that, we can now push another case for maize,” PS Hamadi Boga added.

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