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Honduras Ag Ministry wants GM and more maize

Honduras is to promote the cultivation of genetically modified maize “as a viable strategy” for raising productivity and cutting imports, according to the Cuban-based news service, Prensa Latina. Minister of Agriculture Hector Hernandez sees the use of the technology as key to overcoming the shortage of maize. Rising prices of maize and Honduras’ 50% dependence on imports of maize products has led to rising inflation in the country, he reportedly says. The production of two GM maize products were approved six years ago. They included Monsanto’s glyphosate-tolerant Roundup Ready maize ( Agrow No 467, p 20).

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