Spain GM maize area to fall 8%
Spain’s genetically modified maize area is predicted to decline for the second consecutive year, according to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, the FAS. It is expected to fall by some 8% to 120,000 ha on a contracting overall maize area. Planting of GM maize peaked at around 137,000 ha in 2013. Field trials are allowed in Spain, although subject to prior notice and authorisation, a 2015 FAS agricultural biotechnology report on the country reports. Notifications to competent authorities for open field testing continue to decline steadily due to the unattractive investment environment for seed companies, the FAS report says. Notifications peaked in 2009 at nearly 60 before halving in two years and falling to single figures by last year. Spain supported EU moves to switch GM crop approvals in the EU to member states, the report notes. However, it considers similar moves on imports for use in food and feed as counter to WTO trade rules.