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Crop Biotech Update

Thailand Positive towards Biotech in Development Plan

August 5, 2011

Thailand's drafting committee for the National Social and Economic Development Plan No. 11 (2012-2016) has agreed to modify the draft version of the plan on strengthening agriculture sector, food safety and energy. The sentence "To promote the production of non-GM food" has been changed to "To promote agricultural production that could conserve plant and animal biodiversity suitable for the country's climatic and environmental conditions and to continue to promote research and development of appropriate technology such as biotechnology and genetic engineering to gain knowledge and keep up with the future of technology development."

The inclusion of biotechnology and genetic engineering in the national plan is a result of the strong support from academics, researchers, and concerned sectors who believe that modern technology could contribute to food and energy security.

For more news about crop biotech developments in Thailand email Dr. Supat Attathom at agrspa@ku.ac.th