By a correspondent

Kenya has invited applicants willing to trade in Genetically Modified Organism (GMOs) products to make official applications.

Roy Mugiira, Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety Authority (NBA) said in a public notice that applicants must first meet the biosafety requirements and its enabling regulations.

“The lifting of the ban on GMO maize opened the gates for any person wishing to deal in products derived from GMOs to do so in fidelity to the guidelines of the authority,” Mugiira said in a statement to Journalists.

The official noted that NBA has the necessary legal, regulatory and institutional capacity to ensure and assure the safety of GMO products.

He added that the agency was established to exercise general supervision and control over the transfer, handling and use of GMOs to ensure safety of human and animal health.

Mugiira noted that the agency that was established in 2009 provides an adequate level of protection of the environment.

Kenyan cabinet on October 3, lifted a 10 year ban on importation, cultivation and use of GM foods.