B Faso GM cotton a success for growers
Reports from Burkina Faso indicate that success of Monsanto’s genetically modified insect-resistant Bt cotton has surpassed expectations, according to newswire Reuters. Cotton processing company Sofitex reportedly claims the majority (55%) of the cotton it has produced was sourced from GM plants. The company had refuted claims last year that GM cotton was not performing, while farmers were switching back to conventional lines. Some 200,000 ha of Bt cotton had been planted by May of last year, and some 300,000 ha in the whole of each of the two previous seasons. Burkina Faso authorised sale and use of Bt cotton in 2008 (Agrow No 587, pp 24-25). Overall cotton production increased by over 57% in 2012/13, with Sofitex citing the use of the GM cotton for the results.