Carman, MB – July 25, 2016 – Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers would like to inform its farmers that the European Union (EU) has granted approval of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ soybeans, according to a press release issued by Monsanto Company on July 22, 2016.
The announcement comes after months of questions and some uncertainty as to whether the EU would approve Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant soybean trait. MPSG made known to its farmers earlier in the growing season the possible outcomes of this technology entering the system without EU approval, and cautioned its members to be cautious.
“We applaud Monsanto for being good stewards of this new technology by keeping the product out of the system until it was approved in important markets such as the EU,” said Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers Executive Director Francois Labelle. “MPSG would also like to commend Soy Canada for the work they did advocating for the control of this product, and for the important work they did lobbying for its approval.”
The soybean trait was granted market approval in China in February of this year, and now with the EU adding its name to the vendor list, Monsanto is saying farmers will have access to Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ soybeans for the 2017 growing season.
The Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers (MPSG) is a non-profit, member-based corporation representing more than 3,500 farmers in Manitoba who grow pulses, including edible beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas, faba beans, and soybeans. MPSG provides Manitoba pulse grower members with production knowledge and market development support, through focused research, advocacy, and linkages with industry partners.
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For more information, please contact:
Director of Communications
Francois Labelle, PAg
204-745-6488 (ext 2)