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Kenyan concern over delayed GMO trial rules

The absence of regulations is hindering researchers in Kenya from conducting field trials of genetically modified cotton and maize. That is the concern of the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications reports. The Institute says that the National Biosafety Authority has not issued rules to guide such trials. KARI director Margaret Karembu said the authority was expected to officially publish the rules last month, allowing it and other stakeholders to undertake trials of GM insect-resistant Bt cotton and maize. It suggested last year that Bt cotton would be marketed in the country in 2011 ( Agrow No 569, p 26). Kenya approved its Biosafety Act last year, including the establishment of the National Biosafety Authority ( Agrow No 562, p 17).


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