Investments, Trade & Industry CS Moses Kuria, has announced that the government would allow the importation of maize without duties for the next six months.
Kuria claims this is an attempt to address the severe food shortage in the nation.
The Cabinet secretary has indicated that he would sign the necessary papers to facilitate this.
The order will permit the entry of both genetically modified and organically grown maize.
In light of the country’s food crisis, Kuria stated on Thursday, “I will be signing documents to permit duty-free importation of GMO and non-GMO Maize for the next six months.”
The government of Kenya allowed the import and cultivation of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) in the month of October.
In a statement, President William Ruto said that the decision was arrived at after taking into account a number of issues, including several studies from experts and technical professionals on the use of biotechnology.
According to government officials, this is a rapid solution to the devastating drought that has hit at least 23 counties throughout the nation.