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Brazil regions to switch to GM maize

Brazilian regions well known for sticking to conventional maize planting are opening up land to the sowing of genetically modified maize lines, newspaper Gazeta do Povo reports. Eastern and north-eastern areas of Mato Grosso are extending areas set aside for GM maize, according to the paper’s survey. The move is partly due to the launch of more productive lines, but especially because of the opening of ports to taking GM maize, such as in the “Rondonia corridor”, to meet demands of importers particularly in China and Europe, it says. Gazeta’s annual study found that 85% of Brazilian maize planting in 2012 was of GM lines ( Agrow No 656, p 15).

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