Oct 162010

Tanzania which is the fifth cotton producer in Africa, is going to produce genetically-modified cotton or BT cotton. Government and private sector will work co-operatively on credit extensions.

In Tanzania this season the total production is estimated 90.000 tons, by 2014-15 with the help of BT cotton, the total production will be 260.00 tons which triples the overall cotton output.

GM cotton has become widespread in 2007 by covering 15 million hectares or 43% in the whole worlds production area. Mostly BT cotton grows in India and the US, but it can also be found in China, South Africa, Australia, and South America as well. The BT cotton has a substance called BT toxin which protects cotton against herbicides or insecticides.