The government is considering lifting a ban on genetically modified organisms (GMO) to allow farmers to grow the much-anticipated Bt Cotton.

Agriculture PS Hamadi Boga said that talks are in top gear within the government to lift the ban in coming months.

The ban was effected in 2012 over safety concerns, riding on research that claimed that genetically modified maize has adverse effect on human health.

“The discussion has been going on and most of the things have crystallised by now. We have the necessary framework in place, we have regulation on how the technology will be applied in accordance with the best practices, and we have a very strong scientific community. As a country, we are at that point where we have to make a decision,” said Prof Boga, who was speaking at the University of Nairobi last week during the national dialogue on GMOs.

Dr Charles Waturu, the principle researcher on Bt Cotton at Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro), says the existing ban on GMOs is the only stumbling block to the adoption of Bt cotton.

The ban has also interfered with the research on Bt maize, which could be in the market by now, researchers said.

But while many Kenyans are still undecided on whether the country should adopt genetically modified crops or not, chances are that they could be wearing clothes manufactured from genetically engineered lint.

Other than health and environmental safety concerns, Kenyans have also raised fears that the country could lose its food sovereignty to multinational corporations if it adopts GMOs.

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