Nicaragua: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual
In Nicaragua, imports of genetically engineered crops (GE) are limited to the use of animal feed since the Nicaraguan Commission of Risk Analysis of Living Modified Crops (CONARGEM) has not yet approved the use of GE crops for human consumption and/or cultivation. GE corn and processed GE grains, such soybean meal, are the top imported products. The lack of an operational legal framework continues to be a big limitation to promote the adoption of new biotechnologies. The Nicaraguan market is new to the concept of GE technologies but the private sector is interested in getting the approval from the Government to cultivate GE corn and soybean for animal feed.