Adoption of GMO cotton in Zimbabwe could increase national income by $50 million

| | October 17, 2016
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Zimbabwe has been urged to embrace genetically modified (GM) crops to improve harvests and reduce production costs as production in cotton declines…

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Although genetic engineering has made a rapid entry into agriculture in countries like South Africa in the past decade, Zimbabwe has banned GM crop production and importation.

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But a high-level stakeholder validation workshop on agricultural policy in Harare [in early October] organised by the National Economic Consultative Forum (NECF) in conjunction with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) showed that GM crops, especially in cotton production, would increase national income by US$50 million.

“National saving for bollworm control will be US$12 million and if the yield increase per hectare is 400 kilogrammes, like in India, the national income benefit would be over US$90 million,”said Idah Sithole-Niang, an expert…

Niang added that if Zimbabwe was to adopt Bt Cotton (GM cotton), the country may not lose its export market because the world leading cotton producing countries adopted 90 percent of Bt cotton.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Zimbabwe Should Embrace GMO – Expert

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