Southern Mallee District Council has resolved to support State Government plans to allow farmers and food producers to grow genetically modified (GM) crops in the district.
They join the Mid Murray Council, Coorong District and Murray Bridge councils in their support for lifting the GM moratorium.
Following consultation with the Southern Mallee agriculture and horticulture sectors, and the wider community, Council agreed this week not to apply to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development to continue the ban on GM crops.
Councils across SA are considering whether or not to allow GM crop production, under the State Government's Genetically Modified Crops Management (Designated Area) Amendment Act 2020.
It comes after the State Government decided in May 2020 to remove the moratorium on GM crops in SA, after 16 years.
Southern Mallee Mayor Andrew Grieger said Council had listened to feedback from local people in the district that would be most impacted by the decision.
"Our farming sector indicated its support for opening the door for GM crop production locally and, after careful consideration of all views expressed during consultation, Council has agreed to support this," Mayor Grieger says.
"The final decision now rests with the State Government and the Minister, who will consider Council's view, as well as the views expressed by our community."
The State Government will now make the final decision about whether to allow GM crops in the Southern Mallee District Council area.