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GMOs to cover two-thirds of Brazil maize area

Genetically modified maize will occupy two-thirds of the crop’s Brazilian acreage for the forthcoming planting season. That is the prediction of the secretary general of the growers’ association, the APPS, national newspaper Gazeta de Povo reports. “Almost 70%” of the maize area will be of GM lines in the third year that the option has been available. That would mean an adoption rate rivalling that of GM soybeans in the country, which have been available for at least five years, though planted before biosafety legislation had allowed the planting of GM crops ( Agrow No 468, p 18). The association stresses that supplies of GM and conventional seed are plentiful.

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