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Following news that China is ordering non-GM soy from Brazil, the non-GM soy producers of Brazil are gearing up to sell their crop to India as well. Soon all countries outside the GM-producing Americas will be sourcing non-GM soy. Except, that is, the UK, which is now stuck in a GM ghetto.
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To cater for consumption, India can buy Brazilian soybeans. Brazil is able to meet the Indian demand for non-GM soybeans, says Abrange Vivian Lessa [source: AgroLink]
The high consumption and low yield of the soybean plants in India can cause the country to import the grain produced in Brazil. Indian projections leave Brazilian producers optimistic, mainly over the cultivation of non-GM soy.
According to the president of the Association of Soy Producers (Aprosoja-Brazil), Glauber Silveira, who visited India last month, in India as in most countries, it is not possible to increase the agricultural area. Moreover, he notes that the Indian population is changing its eating habits and soy consumption has been growing 6% per year.
As Silveira said, India produces about 11 million tons of soybeans and 8 million tons of bran from which a maximum of 3.4 million are consumed internally. This means that 60% of the bran is left over to be exported.
Ivan Paghi, the technical director of Abrange, the Brazilian Association of Non-GM Grain Producers, adds that India is not prepared to export soybeans. "Crop yield is around 1800 pounds per acre. This situation hinders competitiveness with other exporting countries, such as Brazil."
He points out that India consumes non-GM grains. Abrange says Brazil is able to meet this exclusive market, considering that non-GM soybeans make up 20% of the Brazilian crop. In this case, Mato Grosso is in a more comfortable situation, taking into account that 25% of its oilseed crops [including soybeans] are non-GM.
[First Reported by GMWatch on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 22:07]
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