Improved postharvest storage life

It is envisaged that food production would increase through such activities as well as through the prevention of postharvest losses by extending shelf life of produce such as tropical fruits. Such increases in food production will lower prices and benefit rural wage earners and the urban poor. The net return to producers, including the poor ones, should remain high due to reduction in production costs from biotechnology. In fact, evidence shows that the technology is scale-neutral, i.e., resource-poor farmers benefit as much and even to a greater degree than larger farmers, as shown in Bt cotton studies in China, Mexico, and South Africa (Pray et al., 2001; Traxler et al., 2001, Ismael et al., 2001), respectively.

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