Colombia widens GMO use
Colombia has extended agricultural areas approved for commercial cultivation of genetically modified crops and for biosafety assessments in 2008, according to the USDA. Approvals for several GM crops have been limited to certain parts of the country for biosafety reasons ( Agrow No 523, p 18). Colombia planted 21,666 ha of GM cotton last year. That compares with around 7,300 ha in 2003. Some 17,978 ha of the 2007 crop were of Monsanto’s insect-resistant Bollgard, the USDA adds. The country’s farmers also planted around 6,000 ha of GM maize, some 4,919 ha of which were under Monsanto’s YieldGard. The remaining 1,000 ha or so were under Dow/DuPont's insect-resistant and glufosinate-tolerant Herculex I. The government has provided subsidies this year for the planting of 30,000 ha of GM cotton.