Zimbabwe must seriously consider the adoption of Bt cotton by farmers to revamp production and revive the textile and clothing industry, farmers union officials said after touring Bt cotton field trial plots at Bunda College of Agriculture at Lilongwe University and another in Salima, a cotton-growing region in central Malawi.
Said Mr Garikai Msika of the Zimbabwe National Farmers’ Union: “After seeing Bt cotton trials here in Malawi, I feel strongly that as farmers we need to make a lot of noise to adopt this technology.
“We are lagging behind in terms of adopting agricultural technologies which could help cut input costs for our cotton farmers who are struggling with high pesticide costs and crop yield losses. This can be a useful technology to boost cotton production and help us meet some of the objectives outlined under the Zim-Asset economic blueprint.”
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