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Sudan : Agriculture Ministry to boycott usage of GM Cotton.

As per El Gezira and El Managil Farmers Association, the Sudanese Ministry of Agriculture's affirmed of not being successful of genetically modified (GM) cotton is an effort to contain the farmers' anger regarding the governments' disastrous policies.

El Jak Mohamed Abu Shama, senior member of the Association, said the former Minister of Agriculture, Abdelhalim El Mutaafi, emphasized on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) cotton 3 years back, without holding the necessary research.

"However, reports proved its harm to humans and to the other crops."

"The negative effects of the GM cotton emerged in El Gezira state already during the first year of cultivation. We experienced significant problems with the other crops. In addition, the number of cancer cases in the state witnessed a steady increase."

The new Minister of Agriculture, Ibrahim El Dikheiri, informed the national Parliament that the "non-conformity of Chinese 2 GM cotton with the environment in Sudan".

The cotton was found to be non-resistant to various pests and diseases.

The Minister declared a ban on the cultivation of GM cotton in central Sudan.

Mohamed Ali Nimir, MP for El Gezira constituency, assured that the ranchers are going through huge losses because of the diseases that affected the crops.

"We experienced significant problems with the other crops. In addition, the number of cancer cases in the state witnessed a steady increase."

Genetically engineered or modified cotton is presently grown on 25 million hectares all over the globe. The most commonly produced type stimulates the plant to make a toxin that terminates the boll worm, one of the crop's main pests.

This cotton is engineered with a gene from the bacteria Bacillus thurengiensis (Bt. In the last 10 years, however, data show that pesticide utilization has stayed the same or raised all over the cotton belt, owing to insects that was made resistance to Bt cotton, and the rise of secondary pests.

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