South Africa, Agriculture Minister says no to Monsanto's "drought tolerant" maize seed

Johannesburg, South Africa, 4 October 2019- Minister says no to Monsanto's "drought tolerant" maize seed

 

Agriculture Minister Thoko Didiza has upheld a decision to reject agriculture chemical company Monsanto's application for the commercial cultivation of its triple stacked ‘drought-tolerant’ maize seed. The maize is genetically modified (GM) to be tolerant to drought as well as resistant to certain insects. Didiza made a final decision on an appeal lodged by Monsanto SA against the decision taken by the executive council regarding the general release application of a GM maize event, MON87460 x MON89034 x NK603.Its refusal was based on the fact "that kernel count per row and kernel count per ear showed that there were no statistically significant differences between the MON87460 x MON89034 x NK603 maize event and conventional maize in water limited conditions.

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