Brazilian GM soy debut to be delayed another year
The Brazilian agricultural research corporation, the Embrapa, expects to delay by a further year the launch of the first Brazilian-developed genetically modified crop, national newspaper Gazeta do Povo reports. The provisional debut of the BASF/Embrapa developed imidazolinone herbicide-tolerant Cultivance soybeans had already been delayed until 2012/13 as the parties waited for its approval in key export markets, such as China, the EU and the US ( Agrow No 612, p 17). Embrapa Soja’s head of R&D, Jose Renato Farias, explains that if large-scale multiplication of Cultivance seed was made before those food-use approvals, genetic traits may appear in exports. That would threaten overseas sales, resulting in “embargoes and astronomical losses”. The launch of the product is likely to come in two years’ time, the paper adds. “From now on the [Brazilian] approval is not enough, we need customer markets to ‘approve’ the crop,” he reportedly says.