Tanzania considers applying biotechnology in cotton farming

The following is an excerpt.

The government recognises the potential of modern biotechnology in reviving the country’s cotton industry, the Minister for Water and Irrigation, Professor Jumanne Maghembe, was recently quoted as saying.

Taking part in the panel discussion at the recent Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) on how technological change in agriculture is essential for improving food security and agricultural growth, Prof Maghembe argued that GMOs were one way to increase productivity and boost the income of an African farmer. Prof Maghembe challenged scientists to do research to find out if GMOs are harmful to humans and the environment.

“For example, cotton is not a food crop. Why don’t we start with that so that we increase yields and help farmers earn more from this crop?” he asked.

View the original article here: Tanzania Mulls to Start Applying Biotechnology in Cotton Farming

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