Crop Biotech Update

Plant Biotech Continues to Gain Ground in the Philippines

May 4, 2016

Over 50 representatives from media, academe, research institutions, goverment and private companies gathered on April 29, 2016 at Acacia Hotel, Manila, Philippines to be briefed through a media conference on the ISAAA Brief 51: 20th Anniversary (1996 to 2015) of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops and Biotech Highlights in 2015.

The report was presented by Dr. Paul S. Teng, Chair of the ISAAA Board of Trustees. According to the report, 350,000 Filipino farmers planted biotech corn in 2015. Dr. Gour Pada Das, Country Coordinator of the Feed the Future Bangladesh, and Dr. ASM Mahbubur Rahman Khan, Chief Scientific Officer of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, discussed the highlights of the Bt brinjal project and the commercialization experience of Bangladesh, respectively.

"Plant biotechnology continues to gain ground globally, including the Philippines, in spite of the fear mongering anti-biotech lobby. This is a tribute to the persistent effort and courage of ISAAA and SEARCA to bring this technology to the poor farmers in developing countries, said Dr. Eufemio T. Rasco, Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) during his message. He also encouraged the stakeholders to not let temporary setbacks dampen their commitment to help farmers and consumers by providing them access to technology that will not just improve the lives of farmers but also ensure environmental protection and promote human health.

The event was organized by ISAAA and Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA).

For more information, contact the SEARCA Biotechnology Information Center at bic@agri.searca.org.