BASF harvests first Amflora potatoes
BASF has completed the first large-scale harvest of Amflora potatoes in Germany. Taking part in the harvest of the crop, grown on a 14 ha site in Zepkow, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, were the German Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, Rainer Brüderle, and company chairman Dr Jürgen Hambrecht. Both emphasised the importance of plant biotechnology now and in the future. “Crops optimised through biotechnology should not just provide benefits to farmers in America and Asia. Our European farmers should also get access to innovative products so they can remain competitive on the global agricultural markets,” said Dr Hambrecht. Amflora received EU approval for commercial cultivation earlier this year and the company expected commercial cultivation to start in the Czech Republic and Germany this year ( Agrow No 587, p 12).