Biotech Updates

GM Corn Seeds Introduced to Vietnamese Farmers

April 8, 2015

Dekalb Vietnam has launched the first integrated knowledge transfer field in the southern province of Dong Nai to introduce genetically modified (GM) corn seeds to farmers. The project aims to give Vietnamese farmers a chance to grow corn using seeds with weed management and insect protection traits for the first time in their lives. Farmers are also expected to transfer the knowledge to thousands of fellow farmers to better capture yield potential and make farming operations more stable and profitable.

Nguyen Hong Lam, a corn farmer, and one of the first to grow GM corn in his own field in Vietnam said, "From my own experience, the productivity of conventional corn seeds and GM corn are equal in volume, but the quality of the latter is better." He also shared that growing GM corn seeds allowed him to lower expenses for pesticides, herbicides, and labor estimated around VND3 million (almost $150) per hectare.

For more, read the story at the Vietnam Investment Review.