New Countries Adopt Biotech Crops

New Countries Adopt Biotech Crops

March 8, 2013
Economic Development  Farmer Livelihood  Food Security  Investment & Innovation 

Two new countries planted biotech crops in 2012 — Sudan and Cuba — and several more are poised to adopt biotech crops in the coming years, according to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA).

Last year, 10,000 small-scale Sudanese farmers planted 20,000 hectares of biotech cotton, which makes Sudan the fourth African country to commercially plant biotech crops.  Farmers in Burkina Faso, Egypt and South Africa all benefit from growing biotech corn and cotton.

In Latin America, Cuba introduced biotech crops for the first time last year.  According to ISAAA, Cuban farmers grew 3,000 hectares of biotech maize as part of a regulated program to promote sustainable farming methods that reduce pesticide applications.