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Burkina Faso to raise <i>Bt</i> cotton adoption

Burkina Faso’s main cotton suppliers predict growers will plant 80% of the national cotton area with genetically modified crops this year, French newswire AFP reports. Suppliers including the country’s cotton processing company, Sofitex (Societe des Fibres et Textiles), are promoting the use of GM insect-resistant Bt cotton. The country started growing GM cotton in 2008, planting under 8,500 ha and that rose 14-fold to over 100,000 ha last year ( Agrow No 587, pp 24-25). Distributors highlight that adoption would cut insecticide use from six treatments to two. The major impediment to volume sales is pricing, with the Sofitex looking to raise this season’s prices by over 13%, according to the report. The country’s biosafety law has been recently translated into native languages, aiding the uptake of the technology, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications reports.

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