Paraguay approves Bollgard RR cotton
Paraguay has approved the sale and use of Monsanto’s genetically modified insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant Bollgard Roundup Ready (MON531xMON1445) cotton for the 2012/13 season. The President of Paraguay, Federico Franco issued Decree 9503 authorising the product earlier this month. The Decree ratifies the plant health and seed quality service, the Senave’s, registration of single event Roundup Ready (MON1445), as well as the stacked Bollgard Roundup Ready cotton. Bollgard I (MON531) carries Bt toxin Cry1Ac for the control of lepidopteran pests, while MON1445 confers glyphosate herbicide tolerance. The Senave registered Monsanto’s Bollgard I cotton for use last month ( Agrow No 644, p 21). That followed Ministry of Agriculture approval last year, setting a 20% non- Bt cotton refuge area.