The first genetically-modified crop to be grown commercially in sub-Saharan Africa has proven a great success, reports New Scientist.

The GM cotton boosted the yields of black farmers in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province by between 50 and 89 per cent compared to its conventional counterpart, the researchers found. The yield per kilogramme of seed was even higher, with increases up to 129 per cent, as fewer seeds are needed for the GM variety. In addition, labour and pesticide poisonings were reduced.