Cuba could begin planting GMO soy, corn by Spring 2017

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[Editor’s note: This excerpt has been translated into English by Google Translate and lightly edited for clarity]

“Following the successful completion of all tests required by the Cuban regulatory bodies, we could start planting transgenic corn and soybeans on more land in spring of  2017, ” said Mario Estrada, director of the Center for Agricultural Research Of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB).

Cuba hopes to find a “safe and controlled” way to decrease imports of these two cereals, which totaled more than $500 million in 2014, Estada told the official daily Granma. The island invests each year about 2 billion dollars in importing about 75% of what Cubans eat, because their production is insufficient to feed 11.2 million people and nearly 4 million tourists.

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“We are currently working on obtaining new transgenic maize lines, which on a small experimental plot scale show potential yields of nine tonnes / ha, well close to the levels reached by the world’s leading countries in this production,” he said. Cuba also experimented “with a transgenic soy resistant to herbicides, which in trials by the company Cubasoy showed a yield of up to 2.8 tons / ha, much higher than the usual ones reached there,” [Estada] explained.

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