Crop Biotech Update

PH Agri Secretary: Biotechnology a Powerful Tool of Science to Feed the Future

February 9, 2022
Philippines Department of Agriculture Secretary William Dar. Photo Source: DA Communications Group

Philippines Department of Agriculture Secretary William Dar, in a recent interview, said, "The stance of the Department of Agriculture (DA) is clear: biotechnology is a pillar of our ‘OneDA approach' to ensuring agricultural productivity, sustainability, economic growth, and nutritional security."

At a Healthier Rice Project Team and Advisory Committee meeting held on February 2, 2022, Secretary Dar highlighted the DA's programs or the massive production of Golden Rice seeds and production of Golden Rice in its pioneer provinces. The  DA-Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) will bring Golden Rice to the vitamin A-deficient provinces in the Philippines.

The secretary was among the first to taste the Golden Rice when it was launched in September 2021. During the meeting, Secretary Dar explained that the Department continues to pursue programs to entice youth into venturing careers in agriculture, specifically in biotechnology.

"The achievements made by the Philippines exemplified by the biosafety approvals for Golden Rice as well as Bt eggplant hopefully will inspire more young Filipinos to pursue this field because we need more biotechnologists, scientists to help us drive the agriculture and fisheries sector towards modernization and industrialization," Secretary Dar said.

For more details, read the news release from the Department of Agriculture.

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