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Biotech crops gain increasing global popularity

28/04/2014 by


Titled, ‘Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM crops 2013’ it reveals that biotech crops (or GMOs) use has increased more than hundred-fold from 1.7 million hectares.

The report was prepared by Clive James, Founder and Emeritus Chair of International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA). Presenting a summary, Dr Emmarold Mneney, Principal Research Officer at Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute said the adoption has now exceed 175 million hectares.

“A record 175.2 million hectares of biotech crops were grown globally in 2013, at an annual growth rate of three per cent, up five million from 170 million hectares in 2012,” Dr Mneney quoted the report.

He said, “This adoption rate speaks for itself in terms of its resilience and the benefits it delivers to farmers and consumers.”

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