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Rural News Thursday, 25/03/2004

Victorian Government continues GM moratorium -

The Victorian Government has announced a further four-year moratorium on genetically modified crops.

Madelene Pearson reports.

"The move follows a decision by the Western Australian Government earlier this week to impose an outright ban on GM crops.

"Victorian Premier Steve Bracks says there's still too many uncertainties to allow GM crops to be planted in the state, and the moratorium will allow breathing space for issues surrounding GM technology to be addressed.

"The exclusion follows an initial 12-month moratorium, which is due to end on May 8, and which does allow for trials of GM canola.

It's believed State Cabinet has been considering an independent review of the trials for almost three months.

"The Victorian Farmers Federation had been pushing for the moratorium to be lifted."

In the wake of the announcement, GM crop developer Monsanto says it's reconsidering its million-dollar investment in Victoria.

Communication Manager Mark Buckingham says the company can't sustain its investment if products approved by the Commonwealth's gene technology regulator are prohibited by the State Government.

This is a transcript from the ABC National Rural News that is broadcast daily to all states on ABC Regional Radio's Country Hour and in the city on ABC News Radio.