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Mexico govt lauds GM crop use

The Mexican Ministry of Agriculture believes that the cultivation of genetically modified cotton can satisfy national demand for the crop. It has issued the results of studies on the 172,000 ha of GM cotton planted in the country in the past two years. They show that the aerial application of pesticides have fallen from ten or 12 to just three per ha. The plants included varieties resistant to pink bollworms ( Pectinophora gossypiella) and cotton bollworms ( Heliothis zea). Use of the technology would double yields, while other highlighted benefits include reduced use of water, the Ministry’s study reveals.


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