The National Assembly’s Agriculture Committee wants the country to beef up its capacity in developing genetically modified foods (GMO) locally.
Speaking during an industry consultative meeting, Chairman of the Agriculture Committee Noor Mohammed said this move would play a major role in mitigating against perennial food shortages in the country.
According to Mr Noor, the country is yet to exhaust other avenues in ensuring food security and should not resort to importation of GMO products yet.
“This country has a lot of potential for food production, arid and semi arid lands for irrigation. We are not expanding land use and we must exhaust all this. We got our issues in terms of policies but we shall not believe that gmo is the only way for food safety,” Mr Noor said.
The house team has also recommended that the government ought to continue funding research on the viability of GMOs in Kenya while sending out caution to anyone with intentions to abuse the products.
“We don’t want to be a dumping ground for other people. But in terms of research and improvement of varieties we have no problem with it,” he said.
With the ban on importation of GMO products still in place, the house team suggested a few conditions in the event that it is lifted.