11 February 2000
Argentine farmers favour GM soya

FARMERS in Argentine, the worlds largest soyabean exporter, continue to favour genetically modified (GM) soyabean.

This is in spite of growing resistance to products derived from them in Europe, Argentinas largest export market.

The Argentine Chamber of Agricultural Safety and Fertilisers (Casafe) reports continued interest in GM products because of their high yields.

Argentine soyabean production totalled 18.5 million tonnes in 1998-1999. It exports 60% of its crop to EU countries.

Casafe officials say Argentine farmers will respond if demand changes.