At least 16 million people in the country depend in one way or another on cotton. Some stakeholders in the cotton industry have demanded the strict liability clause in bio-safety regulatory framework to be removed to increase output of the crop. The Managing Director of Nyakabindi Ginnery and Oil Mill Emmanuel Silanga said the 'Strict Liability' clause notes that "a person who imports, arranges transit, makes use of, releases or places on the market a GMO or a product of a GMO shall be strictly liable for any harm caused by such a GMO " and that "the harm shall be compensated." He said the average production per acre has increased from 250kg per acre to 450 kg per acre, though there are farmers who have surpassed a 1000kg per acre. This action has been taken after the government started reviewing the National Science and Technology policy last week, which analysts argue may also see the need to review some clauses.
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