NAIROBI (Dow Jones) — Kenya has removed that last hurdle to the growing and sale of genetically modified crops, opening up the domestic market to cheaper varieties of staple foods such as corn and wheat that could improve supplies and stabilize prices in the near term, the Business Daily reported Tuesday.
The genetically engineered crops, commonly known as GMOs, got legal backing Friday with the publication of a notice opening up the Kenyan market to GMOs taking immediate effect that day July 1, the daily said.
However, people seeking to produce or trade in genetically modified material must get written consent from the National Safety Authority — the regulator, the daily said.
In June, Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta waived duty on corn and wheat imports in attempts to mitigate an acute shortage due to drought.
Kenya largely imports corn, the staple food, from South Africa and U.S.
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