NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan scientists on Tuesday called on African
governments to diversify uses of biotechnology and begin to
embrace the emerging applications, particularly in the crop
professor of biochemistry and biotechnology at the University of
Nairobi (UoN), asked the governments to start focusing on the
use of biotechnology.
“We need to start
researching on other uses of biotechnology instead of over
conducting trials on agricultural biotechnology that is taking
too long,” Mulaa said during a meeting on biotechnology.
Mulaa noted that the
diversification to other range of biotechnology including crop
protection solutions will help save farmers from making loses
He said the
governments should put emphasis on environmental and economic
benefits that biotechnology can offer in agriculture,
manufacturing and waste management.
“The alternative use
of modern biotechnology is capable of increasing food security
hence reducing starvation, obesity, pest control and fertility
loss instead of advocates of the technology taking long to have
policies and approval for trials,” he added.
The scholar noted
that scientists are capable of applying modern biotechnology
that involves studying components and interactions of a whole
system to address scientific, economic and social issues.
senior lecturer of microbiology at the University of Embu, said
there is need to acknowledge the potential of biotechnology
application in plastic waste management.
Mwirichia noted that
modern biotechnology is capable of decomposing common marine
debris such as plastic bottles that are posing serious threat to
both life on land and under water.
provide a resource for microbial growth and reproduction hence a
good source of energy,” he added.
The lecturer said
African governments are capable of generating methane from their
dumpsites that are filled with wastes. “The dumpsites produce
lots of carbon that is capable of producing energy for use in
cooking,” he said.
that with the availability of wastes in leading urban setups in
the continent, countries are capable of using biotechnology in
plastic waste management hence contribute to the lowering of
climate change effects.
He said that despite
banning the use of plastic bags last year in Kenya, the use of
plastic bottles, single-use plastic cups and straws is still
rampant, leaving habitat chocking in non-biodegradable waste.
“There is an urgent
need to explore various ways of ridding natural environment of
these pollutants through the use of modern biotechnology,” he
Mwirichia noted that
various biotechnological interventions exist to help manage
plastic pollution and other wastes.
environmentally-friendly solutions and integrated knowledge base
is available on the continent to help drive the management of
waste management through modern biotechnology,” he said.