BioTech crops, to boost food security


NAGA CITY, Sept. 28 (PIA) – Based on the 2016 International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications’ (ISAAA) research, Biotechnology or BioTech crops are the “fastest adopted crop technology in recent history, reflecting farmer satisfaction of their benefits” due to bigger income and a promise of more stable food sources.   

This was based on the last 21 years of biotech crop’s commercialization, highlighted, among others by the statistics on the number of countries planting biotech crops, which quadrupled from 6 in 1996 to 26 in 2016.

ISAAA’s record also showed that last year, the Philippines ranked as the top grower of biotech or genetically modified (GM) crops in Southeast Asia and was cited as the biggest producer globally last year.

“BioTech crop’s future is indeed promising, we just have to know its benefits and dwell on how it can help the future generation secure a better and more stable food sources,” Dr. Maria Dulce J. Mostoles, Professor IV of Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA), said.

To ensure that the community understands this, ISAAA, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Biotechnology  Program Office and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture-Biotechnology Information Center (SEARCA BIC) in coordination with the DA-Regional Field Office V and CBSUA conducted the Biotechnology 101 and Joint Department Circular (JDC) Public Briefing Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Villa Caceres Hotel, here.

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The activity endeavors to familiarize the stakeholders regarding the recent guidelines on biotech crops and clarify misinformation regarding the safety and suitability of biotech products. 

More than a hundred attendees representing the consumer groups, regulators, farmers, crop entrepreneurs, students, local scientists, members of the academe, DA information officers, media and local officials coming from the local government units acknowledged the invitation. 

Mostoles, who worked at the CBSUA College of Agriculture and Natural Resources said that the university served as partner-collaborator of the University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños in the promotion of the biotechnology while ensuring that biotech crops passed through various field testing.

“Our population is getting bigger and we are faced with the challenge of ensuring that the next generation will have sufficient foods on their table. The government is doing everything to address this and the least that we can do is point the long-term benefits it will give us,” Mostoles said in closing. (LSMacatangay-PIAV/Camarines Sur)

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