Australian GM canola area up 57%
The area planted with genetically modified herbicide-tolerant canola in Australia rose by nearly 57% to 349,000 ha this year, according to the Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA). GM lines accounted for 14% of the 2.5 million ha canola crop, compared with 9% in 2013. Most GM canola was planted in Western Australia, where there was a 55% increase in area to 260,000 ha. Some 52,000 ha was planted in New South Wales, up 65% on 2013, and 37,000 ha in Victoria (+74%). GM lines accounted for 21% of the canola area in New South Wales and 9% in each of the other two states. The ABCA cites the figures from the National Oilseeds Federation and Monsanto Australia.