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February 27, 09:40 Source: APK-Inform Views: 417

Ukraine: Ministry of Agrarian Policy opposes to usage of grain GM seeds – N.Prysyazhnyuk

The Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine opposes to usage of genetically modified seeds of grain crops in the country, declared Nikolai Prysyazhnyuk, Acting Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, on February 24.

According to him, Ukraine exports quite significant grain volumes to the European Union countries, which have almost absolute ban on usage and imports of genetically modified grains. China and Japan have the same ban, and the countries are important new markets for Ukraine. Ukraine got access on these markets only due to virtually absence of genetically modified seeds and grains. The phytosanitary service of China has stringent requirements, he said.

At the same time, N.Prysyazhnyuk stated that Ukrainian agrarians still continue making some rare attempts to launch usage of GM seeds, as it will provide higher yield with the minimum fertilizing and plant protecting costs.

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