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Firms apply for GM crop import permits

THE PHILIPPINES has received six new applications to breed and import genetically-modified (GM) seeds and crops after a new regulatory framework for their safe handling took effect on April 15.

Monsanto Philippines, Inc. applied for five permits while Bayer Philippines, Inc. sought government approval for one, Merle B. Palacpac, head of National Plant Quarantine Services Division of the Bureau of Plant and Industry (BPI) told reporters on Thursday.

Monsanto applied a permit for commercial planting of genetically-modified seeds, Ms. Palacpac said. It also sought to import genetically-modified crop varieties for direct use as food, feeds, and processing. Similarly, Bayer Philippines, Inc. has applied a permit to import a crop variety for direct use. Monsanto and Bayer have previously applied for permits but these have expired.

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