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Canola Green Light Welcomed in Victoria

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Bayer CropScience  welcomes the decision by the State Government in Victoria to lift themoratoria that has prevented commercialisation of genetically modified (biotech) canola for several years. Biotech canola was initially approved by federal authorities in 2003. Farmers will now have a choice to access biotech canola varieties that are safe, profitable and environmentally friendly.

Bayer CropScience is the leading hybrid canola seed business globally, with high yielding InVigor® hybrid canola launched 10 years ago in Canada. Bayer has been involved in Australian trials with biotech canola for the past 11 years and will continue with its government-approved research and innovation programs.

Bayer CropScience General Manager for BioScience, Rob Hall, said, "with a clear path forward Bayer can commence a program that supports an eventual commercial launch of our first Australian biotech canola varieties. This has not been possible under the moratoria conditions."

"We will take the time and effort to ensure that the best quality canola hybrids are well prepared and offered to farmers in due course."

"We have proven expertise in oilseeds breeding and we are committed to delivering products that meet market specifications worldwide, principally for higher yields. Whilst we will not have commercial quantities of seed available in 2008, we will be focused on generating data to support these new varieties. We are determined to deliver high quality canola varieties to Australian farmers.

Bayer CropScience is committed to providing innovative solutions for agricultural production in Australia and across the world.

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