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APEC: Biotechnology Powerful Tool for Sustainable Agriculture

September 6, 2017

During the annual APEC High-Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology (HLPDAB) Meeting in Can Tho, Vietnam on August 20, 2017, the agenda included agricultural biotechnology policies, promotion of public-private partnerships in agricultural biotechnology research and applications, and the use of agricultural biotechnology in response to climate change.

Dr. Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy, director general of Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's department of science, technology and environment, the HLPDAB chair this year, said climate change has exacerbated the challenges to agriculture, especially in the most vulnerable economies and geographies.

"We recognize that biotechnology provides a set of powerful tools for the sustainable development of agriculture, fisheries and forestry, as well as the food industry," she said. She also added that modern biotechnology has provided the means and a whole range of well-known techniques to improve agricultural productivity.

For more, read The Nation.