NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya is on its way to start using
genetically modified (GM) animals in research, an
official said Wednesday.
Ogoyi, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the National
Biosafety Authority (NBA), said the organization is
currently finalizing the development of a draft
guideline on contained use of transgenic animals.
leading the way in preparing the ground for regulating
biotech animals,” he said during a workshop on
regulation of GM animals in Kenya.
that NBA is fast-tracking laws that support advancements
in animal biotechnology and other areas.
previously over-focused on transgenic crops but this is
likely to change with the introduction of GM animal
research,” he added.
that by adapting the technology, Kenya’s is setting the
pace for the rest of African countries.
learning from the best practices in the world and
drawing useful lessons from countries with GM animal
applications,” he said.
that Kenya is open to exploring possibilities of
building a network of experts in animal biotechnology in
the country and the region.
currently building a database on stakeholder experts who
are pivotal in steering GM animal applications,” he
at the Kenya Agricultural Livestock and Research
Organization (KALRO) have been lobbying for
commercialization of a genetically modified maize
the Bt maize variety has been proven to effectively
control stem borer and improve yield and quality due to
reduced pest damage, the Kenyan government is yet to
allow its growing.
NBA said it
is in the final stages of approving the environmental
release of two GM crops Bt cotton and Bt maize for
commercial cultivation. The two crops have been under
confined field trials at the KALRO.
viral-resistant cassava and gypsophila paniculata cut
flowers research is ongoing pending approval by NBA.