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Brazil's cotton growing technique to benefit other nations
Feb '13
Brazil, the fifth-largest cotton producer in the world, has signed an agreement with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for passing on its cotton cultivation techniques to other countries in South America.
Under the agreement signed last year, the Brazilian Government will offer training and technical assistance for cotton cultivation to small farmers in other developing countries, especially in South America and Haiti, over the next four years.
The program aims to transfer the successful cotton growing techniques adapted by Brazilian farmers to other countries, which would bring greater incomes and better quality of life to their counterparts in other countries.
Under the project, the interests and needs of each participating countries would be first identified, prior to providing training and technical assistance.
So far, Paraguay, Peru and Bolivia have expressed interest to participate in the program and the first meeting to formulate projects for individual countries is likely to get underway this month.
The Brazilian Association of Cotton Producers (ABRAPA) and Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) will provide technology for the program, while the Brazilian Cotton Institute (IBA) will invest US$ 10 million in the program.
Another US$ 10 million will be provided in the form of administrative and operational support by the Brazilian Cooperation Agency of the Ministry of Foreign Relations (MRE).
Cotton growers in Brazil are known for using environmentally sound practices for growing organic cotton, without the use of pesticides.
Moreover, Brazil has significantly higher cotton production capacity compared to other countries in the region.
Currently, Brazilian cotton production stands at an average of 1.5 million tons per year, next only to China, India, the United States and Pakistan. In comparison, Argentina, the second-largest cotton producer in South America, grows only about 160,000 tons of cotton annually.

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