Kenya to import GM maize
Kenya has reportedly approved the import of genetically modified maize. The government has moved to curb a severe food shortage in most parts of the country, according to The East African. The allAfrica newswire reports that the cabinet approved the import of Sh 9,000 million ($99 million) of food including the transgenic maize, but is split on the issue, with the Ministry of Health in particular opposing the move. Rising maize prices, as well as worsening hunger, have driven government to seek GM maize, the cost of the crop having more than trebled in three years in the national currency. Kenya recently brought its biosafety legislation into force ( Agrow No 620, p 21). It is the first country in the East Africa region to do so, reports add. The maize is expected to come from South Africa.