Syngenta receives approval for Bt11 corn in Brazil

The National Biosafety Committee (CNBS) in Brazil has ratified a decision authorising sales of corn containing Syngenta’s Bt11 trait for Fall Armyworm and Sugarcane Borer control.

Davor Pisk, Chief Operating Officer of Syngenta Seeds, said: “We are very pleased to have obtained this approval which will enable us to play a leading role in the introduction of new corn technology in Brazil. The launch of Bt11 corn this year will expand Syngenta’s broad-based offer encompassing seeds, traits, seed care and crop protection and will enhance the competitiveness of Brazilian growers.”

Syngenta’s Bt11 is already approved for cultivation in a number of countries including Argentina, Canada, Philippines, United States and South Africa, and has import approval for the European Union.

Syngenta is a world-leading agribusiness committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology. The company is a leader in crop protection, and ranks third in the high-value commercial seeds market. Sales in 2007 were approximately $9.2 billion. Syngenta employs over 21,000 people in more than 90 countries. Syngenta is listed on the Swiss stock exchange (SYNN) and in New York (SYT). Further information is available at www.syngenta.com.