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GM cotton for Kenyan debut in 2014

Kenyan researchers expect the launch of genetically modified cotton in the country in 2014, newswire AllAfrica reports. The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) is reportedly awaiting national approval for field trials of seed it has developed. Kenya will be the regional seed supplier, director of the KARI's Thika centre, Charles Waturu, told delegates at a national forum. He indicated that trials showed that use of the seed would cut pesticide applications by three-quarters. Kenya’s biosafety legislation came into force last year ( Agrow No 620, p 21).

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