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Monsanto expands seed facility in Mexico

Monsanto is to invest some Peso 290 million ($22.2 million) to expand its seed production plant in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, Mexican state news agency Notimex reports. The funds will boost cotton and maize seed production, including “raising maize hybrid production for 2 million ha of land”. The investment anticipates “the adoption of biotechnology, turning 1 million ha of low-yield maize to higher potential seed, and rescuing cotton areas in the country”. Monsanto says that the moves will result in Mexico becoming self-sufficient in the two crops by 2020 at least. Some 400 staff will be added to the present 1,400 workforce. Mexico granted the first pilot stage licences for the planting of genetically modified maize last year for Monsanto’s glyphosate-tolerant Roundup Ready maize ( Agrow No 612, p 19). Pilot planting is an intermediate stage between trials and commercialisation.

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