The Cabinet today lifted the ban on the cultivation of Genetically Modified crops.

It also authorised the importation of food crops and animal feeds produced through biotechnology innovations.

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Genetically modified foods  also known as genetically engineered foods or bioengineered foods are foods produced from organisms that have had changes introduced into their DNA using the methods of genetic engineering. Genetic engineering techniques allow for the introduction of new traits as well as greater control over traits when compared to previous methods, such as selective breeding and mutation breeding.

The decision effectively lifts restrictions on the cultivation and importation of GMO crops in the country.

Today the decision by the Cabinet, chaired by President William Ruto at State House Nairobi, was made in accordance with the recommendation of the Task Force to Review Matters Relating to Genetically Modified Foods and Food Safety.
The meeting was convened to consider the progress made in the response to the ongoing drought in the country.