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Nigeria plans to import GMO wheat from Argentina

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Nigeria has approved imports of a drought-resistant, genetically modified wheat developed by Argentina’s Bioceres, a company spokesperson said on Friday.

Australia, New Zealand and Brazil have previously authorized the importation of foods made from Bioceres’ HB4 wheat, which is also resistant to the herbicide glufosinate ammonium.

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Genetically modified (GMO) wheat was approved by the Argentine government in 2020 and earlier this year the South American country authorized the sale of seeds of the GMO wheat to farmers, although the company has not yet launched them commercially.

Many countries has not been able to import wheat since the outbreak of the Ukraine war as price soared across the global.

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