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Paraguay to verify GM maize lines

The Paraguayan plant health and seed quality service, the Senave, is launching a fresh programme for the present maize season to control the use of genetically modified maize. It seeks to counter the “corrupt and prejudicial” illegal multiplication of GM maize seed that could put national exports at serious risk. The service has closed down 66 plots, covering over 1,000 ha, since last month ( Agrow No 654, p 14). The inspectors will require growers to produce documentation proving the point of purchase for the seed they are using, and will analyseplant material to determine whether it is GM and of approved lines. Those growers violating rules will have their plots closed down and submitted to a “summary process” to assess injury and punishment. Those who bought “in good faith” from “white bags” of maize seed produced by the multiplication of illegal GM hybrids will be subject to severe penalties for breaking the seed and tax laws, the Senave warns.

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