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Cuba seeks mass GM crop planting

Cuban authorities are planning a mass planting of genetically modified crops for this year, the biotechnology information service, Fundacion Antama, reports. The Cuban biotechnology and genetic engineering centre, the CIGB, has hailed field trials on 1 ha of land a success and expects to receive permits by the end of January to plant a further 50 ha. Its deputy director, Carlos Borroto, believes that seed to plant 6,000 ha can be obtained from a 50 ha site. Cuba is developing its own insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant maize ( Agrow No 559, p 17). The country needs its own products because of the US blockade, the CIGB explains. The sub-director is confident of the imminent adoption of the technology, saying there is “enormous political will and aid”.

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