The Daily Nation – Kenya published this article by GFN member Gilbert arap Bor. A link to the original article can be found below.
I was appalled to read in the Nation of October 1 of the impending food shortages in Kenya.
No obstant això, I was encouraged by Industry CS Peter Munya’s announcement that the government would revive Mount Kenya Textile Mills in Nanyuki.
When President Uhuru Kenyatta commissioned a cotton mill in Eldoret mid this year, he gave us hope about the future of farming and technology.
He directed the Agriculture, Indústria, medi ambient, Health and Education ministers to speed up commercialisation of GMO cotton.
It meant that Kenya finally would lift a ban that has hurt farmers and prevented us from achieving food security.
The problem is that in the months since his visit, we have made no progress beyond our 20th century methods. We’re no closer to producing GMO cotton.
Durant una dècada, I have observed how this safe technology has helped farmers around the world, des dels Estats Units a Sud-àfrica. By reducing threats posed by pests and weeds, it has allowed farmers to get record-setting yields.
L'accés als transgènics és crucial per a un país en desenvolupament com Kenya, where millions depend on farming and malnutrition is rife. We must find creative and durable ways to increase the income of farmers and fight hunger.
FEED THE NEW MILL
The GMOs will not accomplish this by themselves but they are an important part of the formula. In his address at Eldoret Cotton Mill, Mr Kenyatta talked of the demand for GMO cotton. If the mill is to run at full capacity, necessitarà un subministrament fiable de cotó.
Per aconseguir aquest, farmers will require access to GMOs that neutralise attacks by bollworms. This cotton will feed the new mill and half a dozen others that have been shut down. GMO has the potential to help them roar back to life.
On sigui que els productors de cotó han tingut accés als transgènics, que han van córrer a treure profit d'elles. A l'Índia, per exemple, un estimat 97 per cent de les varietats d'OMG productors de cotó de plantes. They chose that voluntarily after seeing its benefits.
El blat de moro és la propera oportunitat òbvia per a l'adopció d'OGM. As a grower of maize, I’m aware of how GMOs can improve my produce and profits. This tool would help me kill the insects that destroy crops without the complication of using pesticides.
Kenyans can complain about colonialism and racism and how the world neglects Africa — but in the case of GMOs, the fact is that we have denied ourselves a great opportunity.
We have seen what GMOs can do for farmers and consumers. Let’s allow this miracle to improve our lives.
Four months ago in Eldoret, President Kenyatta gave voice to the opportunity. It is up to the five ministers to push for the commercialisation of GMOs so that Kenya’s farmers can begin to grow the crops as soon as next year. This is the moment of action.