Crop Biotech Update

National Agriculture Biotechnology Research Program in Korea

May 27, 2011

The Next Generation Bio-green 21 Project was officially launched at the Rural Development Administration (RDA) in Korea on May 19, 2011. It was attended by 600 people including Minister for Food and Agriculture (MFA) Jeong-Bok You, Commissioner Seung-Kyu Min of RDA, and presidents and researchers of universities.

The RDA is planning to do research on 272 identified challenges and will invest around US$ 12 billion to develop three sectors which include biotech-commercialization, specifically development of GM crops. "The government plans to increase its budget for research and development, particularly from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) to allow them to grow to a new high–tech industry in our agriculture," said Minister Jeong-Bok You.

"Biotech is the technology to help solve health, food, environment, and climate change. The RDA will seek to develop various convergence technologies with medicine, engineering, environment, and food industry in the future," said Seung-Kyu Min of RDA. Soo-Chul Park, the Director of The NCGC and the Korea Biotechnology Information Center (KBIC), said "we will continue to work for development and commercialization of biotech crops".

For more news on crop biotechnology in South Korea email Dr. Soo-Chul Park of the South Korea Biotechnology Information Center at usdapark@korea.kr.