Video: GMO Bt eggplants fetch higher prices in Bangladesh because of lower pesticide residues

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Bangladesh’s decision to allow modified crops has turned the eyes of ardent opponents and proponents toward it. . . .

But how do farmers like Islam judge the new genetically modified crops? We meet him in the middle of his first harvesting season. . . .

Islam: he genetically modified eggplants are better than the conventional ones as you can grow them without pesticides. The worms do not attack them. They taste good. . .

Islam’s wife: . . . and virtually no plants are damaged. In the market they yield one to two cents more than conventional eggplants.

Islam’s eggplants are popular as they contain less pesticide residue and are perceived to be healthier. . . .

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Although the season is only half way through, Islam has already earned. . . $380 from his eggplants.Last year he only received . . . $320 for the whole season. The higher profit is the result of lower pesticide use and expenditure, higher yields and a better price at market.

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