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China looks to be top global non-GMO soybean producer

(Friday, Feb. 14, 2003 -- CropChoice news) --Reuters: BEIJING - The Agriculture Ministry said on Thursday on its Web site, www.agri.gov.cn, that China aims to develop its northeast into the world's largest producer of non-genetically modified soybeans over the next five years in a move to compete with foreign beans, and that high-yielding strains, with oil content two percentage points higher than the 17-18 percent norm in China, would replace some imports.

The varieties would be grown in 127 counties in the areas which cover northeastern provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning and in the northern region of Inner Mongolia, the plan said.

The plan "will build the northeast area into the world largest producing area for non-genetically modified soybeans with high oil content", it said.