Winnipeg, MB (January 8, 2019) - Canadian and U.S. canola farmers will have access to Bayer’s next-generation canola trait following confirmation that China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) has granted safety certificate approval for the import and food/feed use of TruFlex™ canola with Roundup Ready® technology (MON88302).
MARA has notified Bayer that a safety certificate for TruFlex™ canola has been granted. MARA has publicly posted this information on their website and Bayer is awaiting final documentation, which it expects to receive shortly.
“After five years of waiting to introduce this product to Canadian and U.S. farmers we are thrilled to move forward with commercialization in 2019,” said Jon Riley, trait launch lead with Bayer. “Farmers want, and need, new technology to help drive yield on their farms and they are looking forward to planting TruFlex™ canola this coming season.”
The company is encouraged that fundamental improvements in the regulatory process in China remain an important focus in ongoing negotiations with governments that have significant exports to China. Bayer supports the goal of these negotiations; enabling a predictable, timely, transparent and science-based process in China that fuels both global innovation and trade.
TruFlex™ canola is part of an improved canola system compared to Genuity® Roundup Ready® canola and is designed for a range of growing conditions. Among the benefits over Bayer’s current technology are:
Stewarded plot trials and field demonstrations took place at several locations across Western Canada last summer to allow farmers to see the performance of TruFlex™ canola in the field and drive pre-orders from farmers across Western Canada.
Bayer expects TruFlex™ canola will be planted on approximately one million acres in its inaugural season and will be offered in both the company’s DEKALB® seed brand and from other Canadian licensees, including Nutrien Ag Solutions and CANTERRA SEEDS.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada granted full food, feed and environmental safety approval of TruFlex™ canola in June 2012 and the product has been approved for import in several export markets. Securing import approval from China - Canada’s largest export market for canola - further enables our 2019 commercialization plans.
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