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Monsanto SA puts in bid to conduct trial of genetically modified maize

Monsanto South Africa has applied to conduct a trial on the use of genetically modified (GM) maize products.

The field trials will test the ability of GM organisms to fight insects, herbicides and tough climates.

Monsanto's Andrew Bennett explains that there will be three types of maize tested during the trial, should it be approved.

The maize hybrids will combat maize stalk borer, protect it from herbicides such as glyphosate and survive drought conditions.

In order to get approval to plant these products, we need to do test to show that they work. This is what the trials are about.

Andrew Bennett, Technology Development Head for Monsanto Africa

The agricultural company says the success of the GM maize trial could help with food sustainability and efficiency in maize production.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

People who want to submit comments or concerns can do so within the next 28 days to:

The Registrar: Genetically Modified Organisms
Directorate Biosafety
Private Bag X973
Pretoria 0001
Fax: 012 319 6329

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