Burkina Faso will reduce production of transgenic cotton within the next three years due to “technical problems,” official sources said Thursday.
“We shall start producing 55 percent genetically modified cotton and 45 percent conventional cotton across the country over a period of three years due to technical problems,” the director general of Gourma Cotton Company (SOCOMA) Ali Compaore said in Ouagadougou.
In 2009, Burkina Faso, a country whose economy heavily depends on agricultural produce, launched large scale production of genetically modified cotton in collaboration with Monsanto, a U.S. agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation.
Formally Burkina Faso’s main export product, cotton has now fallen behind gold since 2009. However, the country remains the first producer of cotton in Africa with annual productions ranging around 700,000 tons. Enditem