Vietnamese farmers across the country can now plant three varieties of genetically-modified (GM) corn from Syngenta according to a government rule, reported Thanh Nien News. The three varieties are NK66 BT, NK66 GT and NK66 BT/GT, and will be supplied to corn farms nationwide with each variety being distributed to specific regions, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Pham Dong Quang, Director of the Department of Crop Production, said the three varieties are able to resist pest and herbicide as well as produce higher yields.
“GM corn will be used for animal feed only and thus, it does not require special labelling,” he said. These developments were in line with a 2006 plan to develop biotech crops as part of a ‘major program for the development and application of biotechnology in agriculture and rural development’. The plan aimed to cultivate Vietnam’s first GM crops by 2015 and have 30-50% of the country’s farmland covered with genetically modified crops by 2020.
(Source – http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/vietnam-approves-gm-corn-for-animal-feed)