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Apr 16, 2009

Vietnam Plans Cultivation of GM Crops

Biotechnology in Vietnam
photo courtesy of Vietnam Forum of
Environmental Journalists
On 16 April 2009 Vietnam's Thanh Nien Daily reported that the Vietnamese government was preparing to pay farmers to produce genetically modified (GM) produce.  The government was also preparing to issue related bio-safety regulations.

Beginning in August 2005, the Vietnamese government allowed the commercialization of GM crops.  However, production was hampered by the lack of regulations and clear policies. 

GM rice, corn and cotton have all been grown in Vietnamese laboratories.  This articles notes that GM crops may be growing in fields from smuggled seeds. 

The Institute of Tropical Biology based in HCMC has developed a pest resistant GM variety of corn that is also iron-enriched.  It has also developed photogenic orchids and BT lettuce.

Nguyen Quoc Binh, deputy director of the HCMC Biotechnology Center notes that his laboratory's first priority is to develop a line of herbicide tolerant (HT) plants. 

According to this article, the Vietnamese government is focused on making Vietnam a leading biotech nation in the Southeast Asian region by 2020.  "By then, it is targeted that 30 to 50 percent of the planting area in the country will be devoted to [GE] crops, and that the technology will meet more than 70 percent of the country's demand for disease-resistant plants."

For more see: Thuan, Quang.  "Vietnam plans cultivation of genetically modified crops," Thanh Nien Daily News, 16 April 2009.

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