U.S. Donates Seed to African Farmers
USAgNet - 10/15/2020
The U.S. is doing its part to help farmers in Africa produce crops efficiently. On Tuesday, Kyle McCarter, America's ambassador to Kenya, announced the United States is donating 40 tons of Bt cotton seeds to farmers in Kirinyaga County in Kenya.
The cotton is modified to resist African bollworm infestations, reports Farms.com.
Supplying the county with the seeds, instead of sending them to the federal government, helps ensure the farmers who need the seeds will receive them before they plant during Kenya's rainy season.
"I'm a firm believer in devolution and that is why we have visited Kirinyaga County which is endowed with great resources that would form the basis of our mutual collaborations," McCarter said, Citizen Digital reported.
Manufacturing facilities in the country have a difficult time finding enough domestic cotton.
The country has about 50,000 cotton farmers who produce about 30,000 bales per year. Annual demand, however, is about 368,000 bales, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications said in December 2019.
The seed donation comes after Kenya's federal government legalized the commercial cultivation of Bt cotton in 2019.
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