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Nigeria: FG Releases Biotech Cotton Seeds To Farmers

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The National Cotton Association of Nigeria says the association is working out modalities to assist cotton farmers in the affordability of biotech cotton seeds, which was commercially released by the federal government of Nigeria.

The President of the association Mr Anibe Achimugu said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria. The two varieties approved and released were MRC 7377 BG 11 and MRC 7361 BG 11.

He said the association was sensitive to the complains of farmers over the price of these released varieties, which were result oriented and already impacting significantly based on what they see on ground.

According to the NACOTAN president, the second variety has a minimum of 3.2 tons but with good agronomical practices and other recommendations, about 4 and 4.5 metric tonnes per hectare could be achieved.

He disclosed that the coronavirus pandemic had adversely affected the industry by posing hindrances to access to the Bt cotton seeds.
He noted that harvesting would commence by October ending and right into the first and second weeks of November, and that after the harvesting period, farmers would certainly reap benefits.

He said that with conventional cotton seeds, farmers would spray up to six times but that with Bt cotton seeds, spraying would be about twice or three times.

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