Crop Biotech Update

Colombia Open to Biotech Adoption; Continues to Work through Regulatory Challenges

December 5, 2018

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report on the status of agricultural biotechnology in Colombia has been released.

According to the report, Colombia remains open to the adoption of products derived from biotechnology and other innovative technologies. The area planted to genetically engineered (GE) crops in Colombia has decreased due to overall decline in corn and cotton plantings. The Colombian government and stakeholders have to finalize discussions on biotechnology regulations regarding low-level presence (LLP), GE labeling and Decree 4525 to stabilize Colombia's regulatory environment for GE products. These issues are potentially hindering the adoption of new technologies.

Colombia continues to import GE vaccines for animal diseases, and there is an increased interest from overseas companies and local governments in accessing the GE mosquito technology pending assessment on domestic regulatory jurisdiction and pathway.

For more details, read the USDA FAS GAIN Report.