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NE China province to ban Genetically Modified crops

By Xinhua
NE China province to ban Genetically Modified crops
Photo taken on Oct 31, 2016 shows corn cobs stored in a special container at Changping village of Changwu town in Zhaodong, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province. ( Photo / Xinhua)

HARBIN -- Farmers in northeast China's Heilongjiang province, China's top grain producer, will be prohibited from growing Genetically Modified(GM) crops , according to a provincial regulation passed on Friday.

We support the research and development of transgenetic technology, but we should be cautious in applying the techniques in crop production

Yao Dawei, director of Heilongjiang's provincial legislature

The regulation will become effective on May 1, 2017.

Read more: Unauthorized GM crops face intensified oversight

Growing of GM corn, rice and soybean will be banned, while illegal production and sales of GM crops and supply of their seeds will also be prohibited.

The new regulation also bans illegal production, processing, sale and imports of edible GM farm produce or edible farm products that contain GM ingredients. It requires all GM food be sold in a special zone, clearly indicated in stores.

The decision comes after 91.5 percent of responses in a survey in the province in October raised objections to GM crops.

"We support the research and development of transgenetic technology, but we should be cautious in applying the techniques in crop production," said Yao Dawei, director of the provincial legislature.

Read more: Cases of illegal GM crops 'under control'

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