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Crop Biotech Update

Mali IER Board OKs GM Cotton Research

January 14, 2011

The Board of Directors of the main institution in agricultural research in Mali, the Institut d'Economie Rurale (IER), recently authorized the institute to conduct research on genetically modified (GM) cotton. In a meeting held on December 23, 2010, the Board recommended that IER will work with the Compagnie malienne pour le développement des textiles (CMDT), the Malian Company for Textile Development to undertake research in this area in accordance with the provisions of the Biosafety Law and its implementing regulations.

A draft decree laying down detailed procedures for testing GMOs was adopted by the Cabinet on December 1, 2010. Founded in 1974, the Malian Company for Textile Development is a mixed enterprise company, which manages the chain of cotton production in Mali. IER is responsible for cotton research through its two main cotton research centers at Sikasso CRRA and Ntarla stations.

For more information on biotech updates in Mali, contact Dr. Mohamed N'diaye of the Institut d'Economie Rurale, Bamako–Mali at mohamedndiaye1@yahoo.fr.