Biotech Updates

Vietnam to Largely Benefit From GM Seeds

April 20, 2011

"Farmers show high interest in genetically modified organism (GMO) products that we're going to bring to the market as Vietnam extends the sector in 2012," opined Paul Schickler of Pioneer Hi-bred during his recent trip to Vietnam.

The country with its strong economic growth and young population can easily adopt biotech crops and reap the benefits to support its increasing population. Genetically modified (GM) seeds which can protect crops against pest and weed without using too much pesticide and herbicide, have the potential to boost productivity, ensure food security in the midst of limited land use and negative environmental factors such as climate change.

Recently, the country started field trials of biotech corn and has launched a pilot program to develop GM crops on a large scale, overseen by the Agriculture Ministry. The trial phase will be completed by the end of 2011 and commercialization is hoped to commence by 2012.

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