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Vietnam to expand GM crop area

Vietnam aims to begin the commercial cultivation of genetically modified crops next year with a target to expand the area under GM crops to between 30% and 50% of the total farmland by 2020, reports Vietnamese news service Vietnamnet. The head of the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences under the Ministry of Agriculture has been quoted as saying that the aim was to increase maize and soybean production for use in feed. The country has had to import large volumes in recent years. The Ministry approved the cultivation of four GM maize lines last month, including Monsanto’s insect-resistant YieldGard VT Pro (MON89034) maize. The Agriculture Minister has previously said that biotechnology is a major achievement of humankind that Vietnam should not miss.

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