The NBA is a State agency in Kenya mandated to ensure the safety of human and animal health and provide adequate protection of the environment from harmful effects that may result from GMOs.
The approval of the release of seeds through a letter dated October 19, 2022, to the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), which has been undertaking biotechnology (BT) trials in Kenya could see farmers start growing GM maize after all the necessary modalities are in place.
The move follows the lifting of the ban on GMO maize, sparking mixed reactions from stakeholders. President William Ruto said approval of GMO maize imports could be the solution to the costly staple food, which is also in short supply.
The President, on October 3, 2022, lifted the 10-year ban on the importation and cultivation of GMO maize, saying the move would help feed the droughtstricken counties where more than four million people are on the brink of starvation.