This is the first of a series of articles about the challenges and opportunities that farmers in Bangladesh and India face.
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Munsur Sarker was one of 20 farmers who planted the first seedlings of genetically engineered Bt eggplant approved for distribution by the Bangladesh Ministry of Agriculture in February 2013. Mansur, whose family eats eggplant four times a week, depends on eggplant as an important staple vegetable crop and source of income.
Our Interview with Munsur Sarker who is growing BT Eggplant in Gazipur, Bangladesh as part of the crop's limited release. He describes how he's able to grow the crop without the use of harmful pesticides because of its resistance to insect pests.