Ethiopian farmers plan summer planting of Bt cotton

Ethiopian farmers are preparing to plant genetically modified cotton seedlings when the rainy season gets underway in June, in a move the government hopes will boost textile and garment exports.

In early 2013, the Ethiopian parliament ratified a proclamation stating that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be imported if the environment ministry approves their compliance with bio-safety and public health guidelines.

Late last year, Ethiopia’s Minister of Industry Ahmed Abtewe said the government was planning to use GM cotton crops as part of a strategy to boost the country’s textile sector, although testing had yet to start. Ethiopia exports both cotton fabric and garments made of cotton.

Read the full, original article here: Ethiopia plans GM crop boost for cotton industry

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