A COLAC district farmer has stopped growing genetically modified canola because of problems marketing, harvesting and storing the crop.
But Beeac’s Richard Barclay said he could grow the crop again.
Mr Barclay said he believed the community was yet to fully accept GM canola.
“It’s going to take a while to really take off, a lot of people have strong views about it,” Mr Barclay said.
“It’s actually a belief of a percentage of people in the community that it’s bad for you,” he said.
“That’s fine, people are entitled to their own opinions.”
Mr Barclay said he hadn’t ruled out growing GM canola again.
“Right at the moment I’m leaning towards actual conventional canola because of the perception in the marketplace that GM canola is not accepted by everyone,” he said.
Mr Barclay said there were also logistical issues with harvesting and storing of GM canola.
“It’s not that I’ve got difficulty finding storage,” Mr Barclay said.
“You’ve got to take it where they’ll take it,” he said.
“If that’s close it’s good, but if it’s further away it’s a problem.”
Mr Barclay said there were “pros and cons” with GM canola.
“In my experience it yields better,” he said.
“You can spray Roundup over the top of it and it kills everything else except the canola.
“You can’t do that with normal canola.”
Victorian Farmers Federation grains president Andrew Weidemann said buyers were still interested in GM canola.
“There’s a buyer for it every day of the week,” Mr Weidemann said.
“Storage locations can be a problem, because storage is where the bulk of the crop is,” he said.
Mr Weidemann said growers in Victoria were planting GM canola this year.
“Clearly now growers are ‘yes they’re using it’, ‘no they’re not’, there’s no grey area,” he said.
“We’ve really seen a much bigger uptake.”
The Victorian Government placed a four-year moratorium on the commercial scale planting of GM canola in 2004.
The government lifted the moratorium in 2008.