Kenya: Feed millers push for GMO imports to cut rising costs

Updated Oct 27, 2021
Animal feed manufacturers now want the Agriculture ministry to consider the importation of genetically modified yellow maize and soya beans to address the high production costs that have driven up consumer food prices.
Their plea follows a directive President Uhuru Kenyatta issued last week to the ministry to look into possible interventions that will lower the high cost of feed. The millers had in August urged the government to allow them to import the organically modified organisms (GMO) raw material for the processing of feeds. However, the State declined to allow it, citing the existing ban on importation of GMOs to Kenya that was put in place in 2012. “The most appropriate intervention is to allow the importation of GMO yellow maize and soya beans, this is what the ministry should have in mind as they meet to discuss the solution,” said the Association of Kenya Feed Manufacturers. Agriculture PS Hamadi Boga told the Business Daily in an interview that the best measure to lower the current cost of feeds is to give a waiver on importation of raw material. “I think the best thing at the moment is to remove the duty on raw material,” said Prof Boga, without giving further details as the ...
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