Biotech Updates

GM and Hybrid Corn Technologies Enhance Productivity and Resource Efficiency in the Philippines

December 3, 2010

Filipino agricultural economist Dr. Leonardo Gonzales will soon publish the results of his study which indicates that the introduction of hybrid and genetically modified (GM) corn technologies contributed to the productivity and resource use efficiency in the corn subsector.

Dr. Gonzales said that "the analysis on productivity and sustainability using trends and the production function approach showed that there has been productivity and resource use efficiency improvements in total corn production during the last 35 years due to the introduction of different seed technologies in the form of hybrid corn seeds and GM yellow corn seeds with improved agronomic traits."

From 1995 to 2009, the cumulative corn production of 4.1 million mt increased to 7.0 million mt, with a 31% growth rate from 1995 to 2000, and 33.4% growth rate from 2005 to 2009,  due to hybridization and start of Bt corn commercialization in the Philippines in 2002.

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