Dec. 11, 2015
Monsanto’s subsidiary Dekalb Vietnam on December 9 launched its Dekalb Genuity corn seeds with weed management and insect protection traits in the north of Vietnam.
The seeds offer farmers weed management through herbicide tolerance, as well as insect protection, enabling farmers to optimize their corn productivity.
As the size of Vietnam’s middle class and the national income have increased in recent years there is a trend of growing preference for protein-rich diets, and Vietnam is now witnessing an increased consumption of meat, milk, eggs, and the resulting growing demand for animal feed.
At the same time, with a growing population, agriculture land use for food production has seen an increase in productivity, to be able to enhance production while optimizing natural resources. Farmers need a broad range of solutions to contribute to feeding and nourishing the growing population and doing it sustainably for the future.
Dekalb Genuity corn seeds thus aim to help Vietnam address its growing need for protein by increasing yield.
Over the past 12 months, Dekalb Vietnam has trained more than 16,000 farmers in more than 200 locations on the new seeds, technologies and better farm practices, prior to launching off-the-shelf this month.
In the past ten month, Vietnam imported more than 5.72 million metric tons of corn to meet the growing demand for cattle feed. The local corn farmers’ community continues facing challenges from weeds and insects, the major causes of crop loss, lower productivity and quality.