GM crop planting jumps in Colombia in 2011
The planting of genetically modified crops surged in Colombia in 2011, the national agricultural biotechnology association, Agro-Bio Colombia, reports. It cites figures from the Ministry of Agriculture’s plant and animal health biotechnology corporation, the ICA, showing that some 20,343 ha of GM maize was planted, a rise of over half (+52%) on 2010. GM cotton also saw a large increase, up 31% to 11,677 ha. The association says that the rise in such planting reflects the benefits that farmers enjoy from adopting the technology, and applauds the government for its support through its “maize nation plan”. The planting of GM crops also became more widespread with new regions adopting the technology. Colombian growers also plant GM roses and blue carnations, the area for which was stable at 4 ha. Planting had fallen from a peak of 43,000 ha for all crops reached in 2008 ( Agrow No 557, p 19).