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Alastair Stewart South America Correspondent
Mon Jun 10, 2013 01:18 PM CDT

SAO PAULO, Brazil (DTN) -- China has authorized Monsanto's Intacta RR2 Pro soybeans (RR2), clearing the way for planting with the second-generation genetically engineered technology across Brazil in the upcoming 2013-14 season, Brazil's Agriculture Ministry said Monday.

Brazilian farmers applauded the news, which allows them to use the caterpillar-resistant technology at a time when insect populations are exploding and a new strain of Helicoverpa caterpillar is threatening soybean crops.

"This approval is important for Mato Grosso farmers," said Carlos Favaro, president of the soybean and corn producers association in Brazil's top-producing state (APROSOJA -- MT).

Chinese Agriculture Minister Han Changfu ...

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