Kirinyaga Woman Representative Ms Jane Njeri Maina has said the time is ripe for Kenya to tap into the genetically grown food crops as an alternative to recurrent hunger that Kenya grapples with after every drought season.
Maina pointed out that the country was undergoing one of the worst droughts to have ever been experienced in four decades and added as such the idea of GMOs is ripe and welcome.
She asked Kenyans, particularly farmers, to adopt sustainable farming practices that will withstand the persistent climatic changes while setting the country on the path of robust food security.
Speaking in South Ngariama in Mwea during the distribution of relief foods to families affected by drought the county MP reiterated the need for civic education to enlighten Kenyans about the safety of GMO foods.
“A time has come when we need to embrace the use of GMO, we have no option. The seasonal rains are now unpredictable and are no longer consistent as they used to be,” she said.
Maina said Kenyans need not fear for their health as sufficient scientific research has been carried out on the modified crops and approved fit for human consumption.
“Extensive research has been carried out on the foods and experts tell us that they are safe. GMOs can be compared to the medicine we take which has a healing effect yet we don’t know how it’s manufactured. The time is now when we need to take a bold step of faith,” she said.
Mwea is among areas that have been adversely affected by the drought. Earlier in the month, while appealing for help, area MP Mary Maingi said that over 80,000 residents were affected.
The woman rep said she would do everything within her capability to lobby for more help as Kirinyaga is not listed among counties affected by the ongoing drought. She further called for unity from all county leaders for the well-being of the residents.
Area chief Simon Kinyua called on the national government to connect the area with electricity as only less than 10 percent was connected to the national grid.
He also called for the establishment of water projects within the area to lessen the suffering residents face. He noted that most residents cover up to six kilometres to- and fro- in search of water for domestic use.
Those who benefitted from the foodstuff hailed the woman rep for her commitment in remembering them saying the food will go a long way in sustaining their families.
Nancy Gatu, a beneficiary said they have had very little to eat as the weather remained unfavorable for a long time for the growth of crops.