Malawian Cotton Farmers Benefitting with Bt Cotton Seed

Speaking in Lilongwe on Wednesday 30 March, 2022 at a media workshop, NCST Chief Research Services Officer, Lyson Kampira, said since the introduction of Biotech cotton, the yields for farmers who adopted the seed have been increased to 800 kgs per hectare from 400 kgs per hectare which is a big improvement.

Kampira also noted that as NCST together with African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), they have an open forum for agriculture biotechnology and its objectives is to put in place measures in order to ensure that they create a platform where scientists and Journalists have an opportunity to discuss important information about technology and this is based on true facts which can help to promote biotechnology activities in the country.

“If we combine scientists and Journalists it means the true information that our scientists generate during their research can easily be communicated to the general masses and can be easily understood as you know journalists have that responsibility of transmitting information to the general public and scientists have that capability of creating new knowledge which is important.

In his remarks, a Senior Lecture in Biotechnology at LUANAR Bunda campus, Abel Sefasi, noted that biotechnology in agriculture has come to solve challenges that were being solved by other approaches but biotechnology works in efficient manner.

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