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Burkina Faso grows GM cotton

Burkina Faso is planting genetically modified insect-resistant cotton for commercial use, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) reports. The Burkina National Agricultural Research Institute, the INERA, and Monsanto have signed an agreement for the import of Bt cotton to be grown for seed multiplication. Seed for 15,000 ha has been brought into the country and planting is already underway, the ISAAA adds. The INERA is seeking to produce 400,000 ha of such cotton for the next planting season. The country has conducted GM field trials in collaboration with Monsanto since 2003 ( Agrow No 536, p 18). Burkina Faso is the third African country to plant GM crops. The others are South Africa and Egypt.

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