Cherargei: Stop The GMO Maize Import

Nandi County Senator Samson Cherargei has spoken out against the government’s intentions to allow for the duty-free entry of GMO and non-GMO maize.

The program, which begun today is set to offer a temporary solution to food insecurity.

“Our Rift Valley farmers are currently harvesting maize, the importation of maize should stop until govt has mopped up all this year’s crop & avoid lowering prices that don’t match the inputs incurred by maize farmers!.”

Trade and Industry Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria revealed the policy while addressing a Small and Medium Enterprises Forum on Thursday at Strathmore Business School. 

“Until we are satisfied that we have enough maize in this country, our staple food, tomorrow (Friday) I am signing a gazette notice to allow for the importation of up to 10 million bags of maize, duty-free, for the next six months until we achieve food security”

Importers will be able to ship either GMO or non-GMO maize during the six-month duty-free period. 

The programme has triggered worry among Kenya’s neighbouring countries as Tanzania, Uganda raised their alert to stop the GMO maize from crossing their borders.

The announcement came after billionaire Bill Gates supported Kenya’s plan to re-introduce GMOs.

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