Mexico City (Nalli Hernandez) – For the United States Government, Judgment Ban on purchases of genetically modified corn postponed until 2025 And even making adjustments to the said policy was a satisfactory response from Mexico, assures Victor Villalobos, head Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sadar),
Thus, in mid-January next year, Mexico will send a document detailing the final proposal to the United States.
“What was agreed in this meeting is that the import period (of transgenic corn) has been extended by January 2025and that after that period if we don’t achieve self reliance Ultimately, what will be a new presidential decree will be reviewed, the official said at a conference.
“While our counterparts in the United States have found this response satisfactory, we have provided a document for your discussion.”
“Probably in the second fortnight of January, that’s when the issue will definitely be resolved,” says Villalobos.
Sadr’s chief said the decision was taken following a meeting last Friday in Washington with his American counterpart, Tom Vilsack, and US Trade Representative Catherine Tai. Transgenic corn cannot be for human consumption And the dependence on this grain was recognized.
The corn production deficit directed to the agro-industry in Mexico, which uses the starch and grain for feed, imports an average of 16 million tons each year, seeking to reduce dependence on national production. But without it he said it is likely to change completely.
The secretary, however, stressed that the current government’s policy aims at achieving self-sufficiency for human consumption and to be free from transgenics.
“The meeting took place with the aim of estimating what Mexico is considering as a policy directed by the President (Andrés Manuel López Obrador), through which it has been made clear that what we are going to secure is always transgenic -free for human consumption,” he said.