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State sanctions sale of local biotech maize, sorghum varieties

Published on June 07, 2016

As a way of improving yields, the government has finally sanctioned the sale of locally developed biotech maize and sorghum varieties that are drought- and pest-resistant.

Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis) acting managing director Esther Kimani said the 17 maize varieties would now be sold to farmers for commercial use after a rigorous process showed the varieties were also weed-resistant.

The notice published in the latest Kenya Gazette said five fast-maturing varieties named Kalro Katumani, jointly developed by the Nairobi-based African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (Cimmyt), Monsanto Company and the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation were suitable for eastern, Nyanza and central regions. Read more. Source| Daily Nation