This August, a case of genetically modified corn seeds triggered hot public attention, as over 3638 mu (598 acres) of unlicensed GM maize fields in Shaanxi Province was weeded out compulsively. Police officials in Jingbian County of Yulin City recently unveiled more details of their investigation progress…Full Article: CRIENGLISH Oct 2016

Key Point

  • A local seed broker in Jingbian County (Shaanxi) has been accused of knowingly selling US$15,000 worth of GM corn seed to farmers. In 2016 alone, the broker stated he sold more than 10,000 GM corn seeds in Jingbian County, while more than 500 mu [~33 hectares] of GM corn was planted in neighboring Inner Mongolia Region. The broker’s GM corn plot in Inner Mongolia produced more than 100 MTs of corn. The broker also sold GM corn to China’s northeastern regions [likely the Provinces of Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang].

ChinaAg Comments

  • In September 2016, officials in Jingbian County, Shaanxi Province, destroyed 3,638 mu [~242 hectares] of GM corn crops.
  • In May 2016, officials in Xinjiang Region uprooted and destroyed 2,000 acres [~809 hectares] of GM corn crops and fined the offending company approximately CNY 10,000 (~US$1,500).
  • In April 2016, Ministry of Agriculture’s Director of the Department of Science, Technology and Education stated that China will institute a “three-step” approval process for GM seed adoption. The first step involves approving non-edible crops (e.g. cotton), followed by processed/animal feed crops (e.g. corn), and lastly staple crops. The emphasis is that GM corn seed would be the first staple/animal feed crop approved for cultivation.
  • In January 2016, GM corn cultivation was reportedly occurring on a large scale in Liaoning Province.
  • In December 2013, farmers in Hunan Province planted smuggled GM corn seed that was procured from a seed company in Guangdong Province. The seed company admitted smuggling more than 50 MTs of Monsanto (US) and Syngenta (Swiss) GM corn seed during the past decade via tourist couriers and import bribes. During the same month, Hainan government officials discovered and subsequently destroyed illegal GM corn trials that were taking place on the island.
  • 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.

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