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Nicaragua steps towards GM crop adoption

Nicaragua reconvened the national commission for risk analysis of living modified organisms, the Conargen, and ratified the approval of “phytosanitary permits” for 15 genetically modified maize events, the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) reports. The renewal into force of the Conargen will allow US seed producers to submit new risk analyses of GM events. The commission will also apply a “science-based regulatory process” for the import of such produce. A near-term prospect is the import of GM cotton for planting in Nicaragua, the FAS adds. A pilot project covering 2,000 ha has been approved. In general, Nicaragua has been implementing its duties under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the Service says.

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