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Sub-Sahara would gain considerably from GM rice

Sub-Saharan Africans would gain “substantially” from access to genetically modified herbicide-tolerant rice, researchers claim. The African Rice Center and the Senegalese Institute for Agricultural Research have found that growers in the Senegal River Valley would capture two-thirds of the value from increased production of planting GM herbicide-tolerant rice or €16 ($23) of the €22-26 ($32-37)/ha gain. The rest would go to suppliers. The "profits for the agro-industry are marginal, owing to farmers' access to subsidised chemicals and relatively cheap weeding labour", the researchers add. The findings have been published in the journal, Crop Protection.



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