After prolonged consultation with various key stakeholders including cotton farmers, Kenya is finally to set grow Bt cotton that is genetically protected against destructive bollworms which reduces yield and force farmers to increase pesticides use.

National Performance Trials (NTP) will be conducted in various selected agro-ecological zones including Lamu, Kitui, Makueni, Lamu, Busia, Kerio Valley,  Mwea,  Kisumu, Perkerra and  Makueni, Dr Charles Waturu, the Centre Director of Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Organization (KALRO), recently told ScienceAfrica .

Our farmers will soon be growing cotton which is much needed because Kenya produces only 28,000 bales of cotton instead of 260,000 and this means there much room to create jobs and increase income, he added.