Biotech Updates

USDA FAS Releases GAIN Reports on Agri-biotech for Several Countries

July 22, 2015

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) released the Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) Reports on Agricultural Biotechnology for several countries. Here are the highlights of the reports:

  • Czech Republic: The country follows a scientific approach towards agri-biotech. Bt corn is currently planted in the country. Revised legislation removed the requirement for farmers to notify the government about GM crop planting intentions.
  • Indonesia: In 2014, the Indonesian National Biosafety Commission for Genetically Engineered Products was reauthorized and the Biosafety Commission members were reappointed. It is expected that GE sugarcane and corn will be commercialized soon.
  • Malaysia : No GE crops are approved for planting. Research on GE papaya was allowed in 2013 and currently in confined trials.
  • Mozambique: At the end of 2014, the Council of Ministers approved the amendments in the Biosafety Regulations of the country, paving the way for start of research on GE crops.
  • Netherlands: The Dutch government and its agricultural sector use pragmatic approach towards GE products importation. Stringent regulations and threats from biotech critics prevent GM crop trials and commercial cultivation in the country.
  • Serbia: The current "Law on GMOs" strictly bans importation, production, or commercial growing of GM crops. This Law hinders Serbia's accession to the World Trade Organization.
  • Singapore: No major import barriers to GE products are imposed in Singapore. The Genetic Modification Advisory Committee revised the Biosafety Guidelines Research in 2013 and there have been no changes since.
  • Spain: It is the largest grower of Bt corn in EU Member states and has followed the science-based approach to agri-biotech. The poultry and livestock industries have high demand for feed, driving Spain's open approach to planting and importation of GM crops.

Download the reports from USDA FAS.