Brazilian authorities OK sales of genetically modified maize

According to today's Public Ledger the National Biosafety Committee (CNBS) in Brazil has ratified a decision authorising sales of maize containing Syngenta's Bt11 trait for Autumn Armyworm and Sugarcane Borer control.

Davor Pisk, chief operating officer of Syngenta Seeds, said: "We are very pleased to have obtained this approval which will enable us to play a leading role in the introduction of new maize technology in Brazil. The launch of Bt11 corn this year will expand Syngenta's broad-based offer encompassing seeds, traits, seed care and crop protection and will enhance the competitiveness of Brazilian growers."

Syngenta's Bt11 is already approved for cultivation in a number of countries including Argentina, Canada, Philippines, the US and South Africa, and has import approval for the EU.