Crop Biotech Update

Filipino Farmer-leaders Show Support for Biotech Crops

August 22, 2018

Filipino farmer-leaders from Mindanao expressed their support for biotech crops, stating that they are waiting for the release of biotech crops in the market. A total of 28 farmer-leaders from six regions in Mindanao signed the Declaration of Support for the Application of Biotechnology in Agriculture after attending a seminar on biotechnology organized by the Asian Farmers Regional Network (Asfarnet) Philippines and the Department of Agriculture Biotech Program Office in Camiguin Island.

During the seminar, the farmer-leaders were equipped with knowledge on traditional and modern applications of biotechnology. Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) scientist and Golden Rice project leader, Dr. Rey Ordonio, discussed the latest information on the research and development of Golden Rice. According to Dr. Ordonio, the GM crop was developed by experts to help address the vitamin A deficiency problem. He reported that Golden Rice contains a significant amount of beta carotene (vitamin A precursor) and provides 30 percent to 50 percent of the estimated average requirement for vitamin A.

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