The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has just issued biological safety certificates to two varieties of genetically modified corn, marking the second and third such approvals in Vietnam.
GA21, produced by Syngenta Vietnam, and NK603 of Dekalb Vietnam (a local subsidiary of Monsanto) were approved after a careful assessment by government experts charged with protecting the country's environment, agricultural sector and public health.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment also asked the approved companies to annually manage, monitor and report on the time, location and amount of any GM corn plantings.
In August, the ministry green lighted the nation's first GM corn varietal-- Dekalb Vietnam’s MON89034.
Dekalb Vietnam's two GM corn varieties--MON89304 and NK603--were also certified for use in commercial food products and cattle feed by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Many believe these developments will result in the planting of GM crops in the coming year and coincide with a government policy that's values advanced agricultural technology.