GM cotton for Western Australia
The state government of Western Australia is to partly lift its seven-year moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops. It will allow the planting of GM cotton in the Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA), following a study commissioned by the previous administration ( Agrow No 526, p 18). Agriculture Minister Terry Redman says that GM cotton should become a major new industry for the state. “Trials of GM cotton in the Ord have frequently outyielded Australian production by about 10%,” he says. The government is looking to expand the ORIA from 13,000 ha to more than 50,000 ha in the long term.