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Bolivia imports <i>Bt</i> cotton

Bolivia is importing genetically modified cotton fibre, national media report. Production of nationally produced conventional cotton has been heavily impacted by pest pressure and has not satisfied national supply requirements. Bolivian chamber of international commerce general manager Gary Rodríguez laments that insect-resistant Bt cotton is not available to growers in Bolivia, national newswire eldeber reports. “We cannot produce Bt cotton and pest pressures mean it is not profitable for growers to produce cotton,” he reportedly says. The cotton area was just 700 ha last year, rather than the required 4,500 ha to meet domestic requirements. The cotton area last year was the country’s smallest in 50 years despite high international crop prices, eldeber notes. The country has recently enacted legislation to curb GMO production ( Agrow No 619, p 18).

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