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Africa’s Top Cotton Grower Sees Good Crop After Monsanto Ban

  • Burkina Faso farmers fight parasites with more pesticides
  • West African cotton harvest to jump to almost 2 million tons
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With a well-worn hoe dangling on his shoulder, farmer Elie Gnoumou scanned his cotton field in the south of Burkina Faso, Africa’s top grower of the fiber, with visible relief.

A month before the harvest is due to start, the 44-year-old said his hard work this season is likely to pay off. “I’ve had to do six insecticide treatments so far and there’s probably two more to go,” Gnoumou said. “But it’s looking good.”