To ease your site search, article categories are at bottom of page.

May 06, 2009

More genetically-modifed maize planted in SA

Plantings of genetically modified (GM) maize in South Africa have increased dramatically, agriculture company Monsanto said on May 5.

Of the white maize planted in the Delmas, Nigel and Leandra in Mpumalanga 74 percent was GM and of the yellow maize 67 percent, Kobus Steenekamp, biotechnology and chemical products manager said a statement. While unable to give comparative figures, he said they had been "substantially" lower in the previous year. He told farmers in Delmas during a farmers' day that the market for GM-free maize was dwindling - only 750 000 tons of GM-free maize were required at present, relatively similar to last year's numbers.

Steenekamp told farmers they stood to benefit from other new products being developed.

One of them was YieldGard, which would eliminate the possibility of stalk borer resistance. Experiments had been underway in South Africa for the past two seasons, he said.

The second product was maize that would utilise nitrogen better.

"This means that less nitrogen can be applied in future to ensure the same yield, or that the yield could be better with the same nitrogen application as at present."

Also in the pipeline was drought-tolerant maize.

"South Africa is not lagging behind when it comes to drought tolerant GM maize - Monsanto has concluded two years of very successful trials in the Northern Cape."

It was expected that drought tolerant maize would be available to South African farmers by 2012.

This type of maize also allowed farmers who irrigated their crops to use considerably less water.

IOL

Article Categories

AGRA agribusiness agrochemicals agroforestry aid Algeria aloe vera Angola aquaculture banana barley beans beef bees Benin biodiesel biodiversity biof biofuel biosafety biotechnology Botswana Brazil Burkina Faso Burundi CAADP Cameroon capacity building cashew cassava cattle Central African Republic cereals certification CGIAR Chad China CIMMYT climate change cocoa coffee COMESA commercial farming Congo Republic conservation agriculture cotton cow pea dairy desertification development disease diversification DRCongo drought ECOWAS Egypt Equatorial Guinea Ethiopia EU EUREPGAP events/meetings expo exports fa fair trade FAO fertilizer finance fisheries floods flowers food security fruit Gabon Gambia gender issues Ghana GM crops grain green revolution groundnuts Guinea Bissau Guinea Conakry HIV/AIDS honey hoodia horticulture hydroponics ICIPE ICRAF ICRISAT IFAD IITA imports India infrastructure innovation inputs investment irrigation Ivory Coast jatropha kenaf keny Kenya khat land deals land management land reform Lesotho Liberia Libya livestock macadamia Madagascar maiz maize Malawi Mali mango marijuana markets Mauritania Mauritius mechanization millet Morocco Mozambique mushroom Namibia NEPAD Niger Nigeria organic agriculture palm oil pastoralism pea pest control pesticides pineapple plantain policy issues potato poultry processing productivity Project pyrethrum rai rain reforestation research rice rivers rubber Rwanda SADC Sao Tome and Principe seed seeds Senegal sesame Seychelles shea butter Sierra Leone sisal soil erosion soil fertility Somalia sorghum South Africa South Sudan Southern Africa spices standards subsidies Sudan sugar sugar cane sustainable farming Swaziland sweet potato Tanzania tariffs tea tef tobacco Togo tomato trade training Tunisia Uganda UNCTAD urban farming value addition value-addition vanilla vegetables water management weeds West Africa wheat World Bank WTO yam Zambia Zanzibar zero tillage Zimbabwe

  © 2007 Africa News Network design by Ourblogtemplates.com

Back to TOP