GM Soybean Approved for Commercial Use in Mexico
Genetically modified (GM) glyphosate tolerant soybean event MON 04032-6 was approved for commercial use in Mexico last June 6, 2012, reports the USDA FAS Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN). The soybean event was approved for commercial release in 253,500 hectares in Mexican states of Campeche, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas, Veracruz and Chiapas.
Mexico plants 165,000 hectares of soybeans per year, which supply only 5 percent of total domestic needs. Most of the soybean supply is provided by imports from the United States. Domestic yields are expected to increase substantially with the use of GM soybean seeds which should lead to an expansion of soybean planted area in Mexico. The government of Mexico under the legal framework (NOM-FIT0056) approved the pilot testing of GM soybean in 2010.
The Report also states that on March 25, 2012 the government of Mexico approved four GE Corn Pilot Tests, in addition to the GE corn pilot test approvals in January 6, 2012.
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This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)