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Kenya to mass plant GM cotton

The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) has proposed that 100,000 acres (40,500 ha) of land be set aside for growing genetically modified cotton, newswire The East African reports. The country is about to issue biosafety regulations in the official gazette, allowing the cultivation of GM cotton ( Agrow No 597, p 24). The country’s Biosafety Act was passed last year ( Agrow No 562, p 17). The country would become the third in Africa to grow GM cotton, after initially South Africa then Burkina Faso ( Agrow passim).

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