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Bolivian farmers’ union calls for GMOs - update

Bolivian farmers have called for the wider adoption of genetically modified crops, national newspaper laRazón reports. The oilseed and wheat farmers’ union, the Anapo, has appealed to the government to widen the supply of GM crops as a means of combating the effects of rising fuel use, which has been a key policy issue since the publication of a decree in December last year. The president of the Bolivian eastern agriculture chamber, the CAO, Mauricio Roca, has echoed the call. He told the newspaper, El Dia, that GMO use in lowland areas could more than double present production levels. Bolivia planted some 800,000 ha of GM crops in 2009 ( Agrow No 587, pp 24-25). Deputy Minister of Land José Manuel Pinto says that proposals for the approval of drought- and pest-resistant products are already under consideration.

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