Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Burkinabe farmers now depend on Bt cotton seeds
Burkinabe farmers now depend on Bt cotton seeds
26
May '10
As per industry sources, owing to lower rainfall and reduced prices, Burkina Faso failed to meet its target set for 2009-10 and was able to manufacture only 363,000 tons of cotton. But they have set target of 600,000 tons for the 2010-11 fiscal.

Initially the target set for the year 2009-10 was about 520,000 tons of cotton, but farmers were dejected due to repeated amount of poor rainfall followed by lesser cotton price, and therefore concentrated more on fertilising food crops than cotton.

Georges Yameogo, Secretary General of the Burkinabe Professional Cotton Association, had set the target figure for the year 2009-10. This association comprises of three main cotton manufacturers and unions of the country.

According to a cotton manufacturer, last year was pathetic due to changing rain patterns, for instance, the first rainfall was witnessed on June 29 while the last on September 20.

Since the product price at, which it was sold by the farm was low, 160 CFA francs per kilogram, farmers utilised fertilisers for their corn crop than cotton. Some of them have also completely dumped cotton cultivation. Owing to this, farming areas dropped by nine percent as compared to the 2008-09 season, added industry experts.

Although, the poor West African nation's key crop is cotton, Burkina Faso, is witnessing a drop in its production, just like its neighbours, Mali and Ivory Coast. The reason behind this fall is the combination of irregular weather and trade practices followed by bigger cotton producing nations, which has further increased the international supply but had pulled down prices.

Since five years, Africa's output of cotton had dipped by nearly half. Despite this, the African Cotton Association is hoping that, in the next season cotton output will increase by almost 18 percent, partly due to rising use of Bt cotton seeds.

Currently, the Burkinabe farmers have planted cotton way ahead of the 2010-11 harvesting season. Officials thereby, are looking at increasing the use of Bt cotton seeds to about 80 percent, up from the current level of just 30 percent.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk - India


Must ReadView All

Bangladesh panel to revise minimum wage for garment workers

Apparel/Garments | On 16th Jan 2018

Bangladesh panel to revise minimum wage for garment workers

The Bangladesh labour and employment ministry recently formed a panel ...

Bruckner to supply dry finishing lines for textile project

Textiles | On 16th Jan 2018

Bruckner to supply dry finishing lines for textile project

Bruckner, a producer of high-tech lines for the dry finishing of...

Courtesy: Carrefour

Apparel/Garments | On 16th Jan 2018

Carrefour signs strategic agreement with Showroomprive

Carrefour, the second largest retail chain in the world, has...

Interviews View All

Victor Chao
Esmetex

‘In future, clothing boundary lines will become increasingly blurred.’

Anvita Mehra
Confidential Couture

‘It is going to take some time for Indian buyers to get accustomed to...

Angelina Francesca Cheang
MY ANJE

'Consumers in the age-group 21 to 38 are driving the activewear trend'

Rikesh Mistry

Jupiter Comtex Pvt Ltd, established in 1973, started its textile machinery ...

Liz Manning

<div><b>Liz Manning</b>, Business Development Manager at Catexel, has...

Tejas N Patel, Navin D Patel

Founded in 1999 by Navin Patel in the name of Tejas Fabrics with 100...

Kerem Durdag
Biovation II LLC

Kerem Durdag, CEO, Biovation II LLC, provides an insight into future...

Johan Berlin
InvestKonsult Sweden AB

Investkonsult Sweden AB has been buying and selling second-hand textile...

Ashok Desai
Bombay Textile Research Association

Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) is a leading name in textile...

Nisha Chanda
Whistling Woods International School of Fashion

<div>A lack of upgraded courses in costume designing and fashion as per...

Pranav Mishra
Huemn

Designers Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty’s Huemn is known for its...

Ritu Kumar
Label Ritu Kumar

‘Classics will return’ "There are a lot of people wearing western clothes ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

January 2018

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards
Sustainability?

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes
68.8%
No
13.5%
Skip
17.7%

Total Votes: 96

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes
63.5%
No
29.2%
Skip
7.3%

Total Votes: 96

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes
87.5%
No
9.4%
Skip
3.1%

Total Votes: 96

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.

Active Poll

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes
82.3%
No
8.3%
Skip
9.4%

Total Votes: 96


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search