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The first planting of Bt. Cotton for commercialization in Kenya is planned for the start of the long rains season, which is expected in March or April 2020.
South Africa has a robust and experienced regulatory system for genetically engineered (GE) products which started with the publication of its “GMO” act in 1997.
Ethiopian farmers and researchers have tried to address food security shortfalls and plant health issues through conventional breeding without success.
Bt. cotton will likely be the first commercially approved genetically engineered (GE) crop for cultivation in Kenya.
In 2018, the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) authorized cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) cotton by granting official approvals for environmental release.
The production area of genetically engineered (GE) corn, soybean and cotton in South Africa is estimated at around 2.7 million hectares.
In May, the Ethiopian Ministry of Environment approved Bt cotton – the country’s first biotech crop – for cultivation.
Ethiopia completed its second round of Bt cotton confined field trials in 2017 and commercialization is expected within the next couple of years.
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