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Romania to urge EU to allow GM soy crops

Romania will seek EU approval to cultivate and export genetically modified soybeans starting in 2012, reports Romanian newswire Romania-Insider quoting the country’s Minister of Agriculture, Valeriu Tabara. He views the crop as an important export commodity as Romania consumes some 500,000 tonnes of soybeans annually and having a production capacity of 2 million tonnes. The Minister estimates that Romania loses almost €1,000 million ($1,422 million) annually by not cultivating GM soybeans. Romania planted some 140,000 ha of GM soybeans in 2006 before banning their cultivation when the country became an EU member state in 2007 ( Agrow No 491, p 11). Romania’s national federation of farm producers urged the EU earlier this year to approve the cultivation of more GM crops ( Agrow No 608, p 9).

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