GMO Products Could Help Viet Nam Reduce Animal Feed Material Import
HA NOI (VNS) — Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) would be a solution to problems that Viet Nam is facing in agricultural production, an expert said.
Le Huy Ham, director of the Agricultural Genetics Institute under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said at a conference on food biotechnology held last week by the Centre for Viet Nam Science and Technology Internationalisation Promotion under the Ministry of Science and Technology that GM products would partly reduce the dependence on imported animal feed materials such as soybean and maize.
GMOs would improve plant productivity and insect resilience, he said.
Statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) showed that Viet Nam had 1.2 million ha of maize and produced 5.6 million tonnes of maize last year. However, the country had to import 4.79 million tonnes.
As many as 4.67 million tonnes of maize have been imported in the first nine months of this year, an increase of 49 per cent compared with the same period last year.
Ham said the mass cultivation of genetically modified maize will help increase productivity and reduce the quantity of imported maize.