List any five possible advantages of a GMO to a farmer.
Genetically modified plants have been useful to farmers in the following ways:
- Genetically modified crops are more tolerant to abiotic stress, which can be in the form of cold, drought, heat or salt.
- Crops that are made pest-resistant through genetic modification have reduced dependence on chemical pesticides.
- Genetic modification of crops has reduced post-harvest losses.
- Genetic modification has helped in increasing efficiency of mineral usage by plants. It has helped in maintaining the fertility of the soil for a longer duration.
- Genetic modification has helped in enhancing the nutritional value of crops, e.g. genetically modified variety of rice that is rich in vitamin A.
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