The growing of genetically modified (GM) maize in Panama has been approved and could start at early as next year.
After two years of research and risk analysis, the National Biosafety Committee endorsed the GM maize crop under supervision in the provinces of Los Santos and Herrera. The farmers will use seed imported from the United States through the company Pioneer Hi-Bred.
The growers, must meet certain requirements, such as registration of the genetic material in the National Seed Committee. The semi planting could begin next year, said Judith Vargas, chairman of the Biosecurity Agriculture Sector .