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Uganda to plant commercial GM cotton by 2014

Commercial planting of genetically modified cotton in Uganda is anticipated by 2014, the the East African newswire reports. It cites the Ugandan government agency, the National Agriculture Research Organisation (NARO). “If things go as planned, we expect commercial GM cotton in 2014, cassava in 2016 and drought-resistant maize by 2017,” NARO senior research officer Dr Baguma reportedly said in March. GM crop trials are under way on bananas, cassava, cotton and potatoes, the NARO notes. Trials on GM cotton started following the adoption of biosafety legislation in 2008 ( Agrow No 541, p 22). Researchers in neighbouring Kenya expect GM cotton to be also marketed there by 2014. South Africa, Burkina Faso and Egypt planted a record of over 2.6 million ha, while Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda carried out GM crop field trials last year ( Agrow No 634, p 15).


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