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Argentina eyes more GMO adoption and trade

The Argentine Agriculture Minister Lorenzo Basso has advocated further adoption of agricultural biotechnology in the country as part of a campaign to raise crop production by 60%. “We are looking to create an intelligent agriculture to boost productivity by 60% through the use of new technologies that can boost production while lowering pesticide machinery costs,” Mr Basso says. He has also indicated that the government will seek bilateral and multilateral treaties to facilitate trade with GM crops. The Minister was speaking at the second international meeting on the presence of low levels of GMOs in food products taking place in Argentina this month. Argentina is to introduce legislation recognising IP in GMO technology ( Agrow No 647, p 15).

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