Crop Biotech Update

Scientific Seminar on Genetically Modified Crops in Vietnam

October 3, 2012

On September 24, 2012, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology and Chairman of Vietnam Association for Scientific and Technological Information and Documentation (VASTID) Dr. Nguyen Van Lang chaired a scientific seminar on genetically modified (GM) crops. The seminar became a venue for scientists and other stakeholders to discuss issues and opinions that are consistent with the government's plans to quickly introduce GM cotton, soybean, and corn into the country.

Government regulators also commented that adequate safety regulations and guidelines are already in place to ensure plant biosafety and prevent risk. Implementation of these guidelines should be expedited with limited administrative bureaucracy. It was suggested that legal regulations in other countries be studied and compared with Vietnam, studies on benefits to farmers be conducted, and experimental studies on GM crops be made known to the public. Around 20 participants including prominent scientists and researchers from the government, the academe and other stakeholders attended the seminar co-sponsored/organized by AgbiotechViet.

For more on this news, contact Hien Le of AgbiotechViet (ISAAA Vietnam BIC) at hientttm@yahoo.com.