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China may take time to adopt Genetically Modified crops on a large scale, given the apprehension among people with respect to health aspects of GM food and the lengthy approval process in place.
23 Feb 2011
BEIJING (Commodity Online) : China may take time to adopt Genetically Modified crops on a large scale, given the apprehension among people with respect to health aspects of GM food and the lengthy approval process in place.

According to researchers, GM crops is having long term importance for China and as such may not appear in immediate plan vicinity of five years.

But, the country may develop high-yielding non-GM, hybrid seeds and would also setup large seed companies and reservoirs to ensure food security in the coming decades, reported Reuters.

The country, according to scientists, shall come up with rice and corn varieties; the latter in particular.

The move may thwart the efforts launched by various private multinational seed companies like DuPont to spread in China.

However, Genetically Modified rice and corn do already exist in China when the government permitted cultivation of such crops in 2009.

The country has also decided to spend $9.5 billion by 2013 to reinforce 21,300 small and medium-sized reservoirs as well as restore some 25,000 reservoirs, additionally.



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