Vietnam: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) issued Certificates of Food and Feed Safety Approvals for ten genetically engineered (GE) events for corn, soybeans, and alfalfa in 2018-2019. However, MARD continues to delay the approval of biotech corn varieties for commercialization. In April 2019, MARD removed glyphosate from the list of pesticides approved for use in Vietnam and gave only a one-year grace period for domestic use. Vietnam remains a major importer of key biotech plant products, such as soybeans, distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS), corn, and cotton.