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Bangladesh to import blight resistant GMO varieties developed at Michigan State University

According to an article published by the Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh ranks 7th among the top potato growing nations in the world, with an annual production of around 10 million tonnes – two million tonnes more than the annual domestic requirement.

Thousands of farmers who grow potatoes on over one million acres of land spend up to a fourth of their investment on fungicide sprays to fight late blight. The disease damages 20 percent of the total potato production in Bangladesh.

The Bangladeshi government has finally allowed its scientists to import two blight resistant (RB) potato varieties, developed at the Michigan State University (MSU), and also agreed that field trials can be conducted with the varieties. Once approved for commercial release, the RB potatoes will become Bangladeshi farmers

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