Farmers in Paraguay Achieve Yield Increases through Agri-biotechJune 10, 2020
Ten years ago, 14 farmers in the San Juan Nepomuceno area of Caazapá, a department in Paraguay, took the challenge of securing the livelihood of their families through agricultural biotechnology. A report published by the Instituto de Biotecnología Agrícola (INBIO) reveals farmers in the department have achieved significant yield increases.
Fabio Vega, an extension worker with the Ministry of Agriculture, said the farmers who started the project had very low yields. With INBIO's support, the farmers learned how to plant genetically modified (GM) crops. They were also taught about different crop varieties and their management. They planted corn and cotton and achieved significant increases in their yields despite the sandy soil in the area. Sand content is more than 80% in the first 50-60 cm of the soil.
Farmer Trifón Ruiz Díaz only produced 800 kilograms per hectare of tupi pytá corn and 700 kilograms per hectare of chipá corn when they started. His cotton yield around 680 kilograms per hectare. Planting DKB390 Triple Pro corn, Díaz yielded 7,000 kilograms per hectare of corn and 2,970 kilograms per hectare of cotton.
You might also like:
- Verdeca's HB4® Drought and Herbicide Tolerant Soybeans Get Approval in Paraguay
- GM Crop Events Approved in Paraguay
- Biotech Country Facts and Trends: Paraguay
The Crop Biotech Update is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a non-for-profit organization. The CBU is distributed for free to over 23,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in agricultural biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
- CRISPR Technique 90% Effective in Reducing SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus
- Study Shows COVID-19 Risk Might be Linked to Blood Type
News from Around the World
- Study Highlights The Role of Communication in Novel Food Acceptance
- COVID-19 Driving Up Hunger in Food Crisis Hotspots, Urgent Action Necessary
- Top 5 Biotech Crops Occupy 99% of Global Biotech Crop Area
- Experts Urge States to Embrace Genome Editing in Addressing Key Challenges in Health and Agriculture
- International Research Team Document First Use of Maize in Mesoamerica
- Farmers in Paraguay Achieve Yield Increases through Agri-biotech
Plant Breeding Innovations
- USDA Classifies Gene-Edited Soybean As Non-Regulated
- Experts Use Viruses for Transgene-free Gene Editing in Plants
Subscribe to CBU: