Vietnam ’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has agreed to
authorise a study on the risk to biodiversity and the environment of genetically
modified (GM) maize.
Accordingly, the study will be carried out by the
Vietnamese company Syngenta and the Thai company Monsanto.
is seen as a breakthrough for MARD in its quest to apply advanced global
scientific techniques to agricultural production in Vietnam .
decision, both companies will work with Vietnam’s Hereditary Institute to
conduct a study on GM maize from April 2010 to December 2011 and according to
Earlier, the Maize Research Institute and the Cotton
Research Institute had conducted research on GM maize and cotton, according to
Pham Van Toan, the office manager of a biotechnology programme on agriculture
and rural development, saying that the relevant state agencies plan to carry out
controlled practical experiments in April this year./.