Crop Biotech Update

ABSP II Holds Workshop on Biotechnology in Potato Breeding in Lembang, Indonesia

March 2, 2012

A Workshop on The Role of Biotechnology in Potato Breeding and its Regulations in Indonesia for government officials and farmers was conducted in Lembang, Indonesia on 14 February 2012. Prominent speakers from ICABIOGRAD Dr. M. Herman and Dr. Dinar Ambarwati discussed biotechnology products and its regulations in Indonesia and biotechnology applications in potato trait improvement, respectively.

Speakers from the Indonesian Vegetables Research Institute (IVRI), Mrs. Euis Suryaningsih shared information on potato pest and disease management and Dr. Eri Sofiari on potato variety improvement through conventional breeding. The participants expressed their enthusiasm toward the application of biotech crops especially in Indonesia. Farmer participants fully supported the idea that biotechnology can be a tool to help them improve potato yield and increase their income.

A visit to field trials for biotech potato at the Indonesian Vegetables Research Institute (IVRI) showed participants the difference in growth between biotech crops and its control. The workshop brought together 49 farmers and agricultural officials from West Java through the support of the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project (ABSP II) in collaboration with IndoBIC and ICABIOGRAD, ISAAA, and SEAMEO BIOTROP.

For more information, email Dewi Suryani at dewisuryani@biotrop.org