Kenya Closer to Giving Long-Awaited GMO Cotton a Green Light

Kenya is closing in on commercialising Bt cotton, a high-yielding, genetically modified cotton varieties resistant to the notorious ball worm pests. The crop has undergone two successful seasons of national trials to determine which varieties are suitable for which ecological zones. The outcome has been impressive, biotech researchers say. Dr Charles Waturu, the principal researcher on Bt cotton at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro), told the Nation that the new crop can yield more than twice the conventional hybrid counterpart.
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