DuPont Pioneer, the seed improvement and genetics unit of American chemicals giant DuPont, has struck a deal with Chinese crop seed technology firm Origin Agritech to develop new seeds to meet the needs of Chinese farmers spurred by Beijing’s call to improve crop productivity. The two firms said they have come to a “commercial licensing agreement” to develop new seed technologies for the China market, without elaborating…Full Article: South China Morning Post Apr 2016

Key Point

  • In early 2016, China’s State Council “cautiously promoted” GM crops, but noted that food safety remained paramount.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In December 2015, Origin Agritech’s Chief Financial Officer announced plans to enter the US market by licensing its GM crop technology.
  • In August 2009, China’s Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) issued safety certificates for the university’s two GM rice varieties (Shanyou 63 and Huahui-1/TT51-1) in Hubei Province and for Origin Agritech’s GM corn variety (BVLA430101) in Shandong Province.
  • Founded in 1997 and headquartered in the Zhong-Guan-Cun (ZGC) Life Science Park in Beijing, Origin Agritech is an agricultural biotechnology company that specializes in the development of Genetically Modified (GM) crops. The company’s produces and distributes GM corn, rice, and canola. Origin also operates a winter nursery in Hainan province.

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