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Philippines approves Syngenta’s GA21 maize

Syngenta has received approval for the commercial cultivation of its genetically modified glyphosate-tolerant GA21 maize in the Philippines. The company expects sales to commence in early 2010. It expects the approval to accelerate the development and introduction of new traits in the Asia Pacific region. Syngenta bought the GA21 technology from Bayer CropScience in 2004 ( Agrow No 448, p 1). GM maize has been cultivated in the Philippines since 2002, when the first corn borer-resistant Bt maize was cleared ( Agrow No 414, p 23). The country’s Department of Agriculture has been keen to encourage the cultivation of Bt maize and introduced a subsidy in 2007 ( Agrow No 532, p 18).

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