Crop Biotech Update

Biotech Workshop for Agricultural Officials in East Java, Indonesia

December 10, 2010

A Workshop on Sustainable Modern Agriculture for agricultural officials of East Java was concluded in Surabaya, Indonesia on 30 November 2010. Prominent speakers include Ir. Winarno Tohir of KTNA and Dr. Herman of ICABIOGRAD. In his welcome address, the Vice Governor of East Java, Saifullah Yusuf,  fully supported the implementation of biotechnology in particular for East Java. Furthermore, he said that "East Java is ready to be a place for development of biotechnology products in Indonesia since the products can be possible alternatives to help solve many challenges of conventional breeding techniques. Biotechnology has grown rapidly as a technology for solving human problems (food, health and environment). It is not free from many risks, however with high precision, the impacts could be measurable in order not to harm humans."

As head of KTNA Ir. Winarno Tohir discussed KTNA's policy in addressing agri-biotech development in Indonesia. According to him some challenges such as productivity can be improved through a new, more productive, and efficient production technology. Furthermore, he also emphasized that Indonesian farmers need biotechnology and Gorontalo is ready to be used as a biotech trial area.

This is the first workshop for agricultural officials and was organized by the Indonesian Biotechnology Information Center (IndoBIC), KTNA, and Indonesian Society for Agricultural Biotechnology (PBPI) and supported by SEAMEO BIOTROP, CropLife Indonesia and ISAAA in order to build biotech knowledge of stakeholders especially government officials and media and to accelerate biotech acceptance in Indonesia. Some 25 participants of agricultural officials in East Java and media participated in this event.

For more information, contact Dewi Suryani of IndoBIC at dewisuryani@biotrop.org.