March 3, 2011
S.Africa is Succumbing Deeper in GMO Quagmire
South Africa's genetically modified crop area rose 6 percent to 2.3 million hectares in the 2010/11 season from 2.16 million hectares in the season before, an industry report showed on Thursday.
South Africa, the world's No. 8 producer of GM crops but Africa's biggest, has seen a rapid increase in gene-altered crop output since it started growing GM farm produce in 1998.
African countries have come under increased pressure to grow more food due to rising hunger and malnutrition caused by lower food production.
The land area cultivated for maize was 1.9 million hectares, while genetically modified soya beans were produced on 390,000 hectares and cotton on 15,000 hectares, the report issued by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) showed.
The report showed that Egypt, the second country in Africa to plant GM maize, saw an increase in its crop area to 2,000 hectares from 1,000 hectares in the previous season.
Burkina Faso, which started growing GM cotton in 2008, recorded an area of 260,000 hectares, from 115,000 hectares in the season before.
Despite the need for more food, some African countries including Zimbabwe and Zambia have banned GMO imports, fearing they could be harmful to humans and animals.
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