Egypt's Minister of Agriculture Supports Plant Biotech

Dr. Adel El-Beltagy, Egypt's Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, said in a press statement on December 13, 2014 that genetic engineering techniques play a major role in increasing crop productivity amidst the effects of climate change that cause high temperatures, drought and soil salinity.

As a scientist and professor in Aim Shams University, Dr. El-Beltagy played a critical role in establishing the Genetic Engineering Research Institute.

The Minister added that currently  the ministries of agriculture, health, and the environment are working together toward the completion of the Egyptian biosafety law for genetic engineering in plants. He likewise stressed the importance of making use of genetic engineering in agriculture, especially as it works to accelerate what nature does to plants in many years.

To read the press statement visit For more information, contact Dr. Naglaa Abdallah, Director of the Egypt Biotechnology Information Center at

This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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