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Genetically modified Bt cotton not worth the hype - 8 months ago, 25 Maý 00:37

By: Wanjiru Kamau & R ...

Cotton is mainly grown for its fibre, which accounts for about 35 per cent weight of the primary product known as seed cotton. The seed is the main byproduct and is used to produce cotton seed oil, cake, and hulls for livestock feed, and linter (used for film, plastics).

Kenya’s cotton sector is generally characterised by about 140,000 smallholder farmers, with a low average yield of 0.53 tonnes of seed cotton per hectare between 2000 and 2010 and poor quality cotton fibre outputs. The average production of 18,000 tonnes per year over 2005-2010 represents a mere nine per cent of the country’s potential.

The key challenges faced by the sector include poor agronomic practices, inadequate extension services, high cost, and poor quality seed. It is noteworthy that pest pressure of the African cotton bollworm is not mentioned as a key challenge yet, Bt cotton has been developed with public resources ...
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