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Mar 7, 2007

Colombia Approves GM Corn

On 3 March SciDev.Net reported that Colombia had authorized the importation and sale of gene-modified (GM) corn seeds for the first time.  The government authority responsible for authorization is the Colombian Institute of Agriculture (ICA).

ICA authorized the sale of GE maize seeds Córdoba, Huila, Sucre and Tolima.  ICA confirmed that it has conducted biosafety assessments in these four regions of the country and will follow up with farmers planting the GE seeds after planting.  Two additional maize varieties resistant to insects (BT) have been approved for use in the Caribbean region. 

The Ministry of Agriculture has announced interest in approving GM cassava, roses, rice, sugarcane and coffee.  Commercial approvals are expected in 2008 following biosafety assessments. 

Colombia has already approved BT cotton and it is estimated that 41% (22.7 hectares) is already planted to this GM variety.

For more see: Fog, Lisbeth. "Two varieties of GM corn will be grown in Colombia," SciDev.Net, 3 March 2007.

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