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    MPs to debate on Tuesday whether to import GMOs.

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    On Tuesday, lawmakers will consider a petition to halt the import of 10 million bags of genetically modified maize.

    The petition is an attempt to mitigate the financial impact of the introduction of a new variety of maize on farmers.

    Moses Kuria, the secretary of trade for Kenya, recently announced that, for the next six months, maize imports will be tax-free.

    The import is intended to make up for the shortfall produced by the decreased harvest as a result of the ongoing drought that has devastated numerous areas.

    As a result of this shortfall, the price of a two-kilogram packet of maize flour has increased from an average of Sh130 at the beginning of the year to an astounding Sh190 in the month of October.

    Because of concerns that GMO maize imports would drive down maize prices, this petition aims to halt their shipment.

    Unfortunately, this will have a negative impact on maize farmers, particularly those in the Rift Valley area who are preparing to harvest their crops.

    In the current market, a bag of maize would cost you between Sh4,700 and Sh5,600.

    The entry of GMOs might lead to a drop in bag costs to below Sh1,000.

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