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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  • Casey Strong

    At the moment Cuba needs better equipment better distribution and a motivated workforce, planting GMO crops now is putting the cart before the horse.
    If nobody wants to plant it or to harvest them and it’s impossible to bring to market then the GMO crops are useless.
    Fix the underlying issues first.

  • unclened

    Good for Cuba! instant technological leapfrog.