Crop Biotech Update

GM Crop Seminar Enlightens University Executive

April 13, 2012

A seminar on the Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops was conducted on April 1, 2012 at the conference room of Agriculture Faculty, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU). BAU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Md Rafigul Hoque, chief guest, emphasized that the use of GM crops in Bangladesh would bring benefits to the country as it is a land saving technology that allows increased food production to meet the ever increasing demand of a burgeoning population in the country. The Global Status Report was presented by the Bangladesh Biotechnology Information Center (BdBIC)director Prof. Khondoker Nasiruddin

The seminar was attended by around 50 participants from various stakeholders including the academe, policy makers and  media. The event was jointly organized by the Bangladesh Association for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (BABGE) and ISAAA.

At the close of the seminar, the vice chancellor said, "This GM crop seminar removed my fear and strengthened my belief for its adoption to ensure food security. As the GM crops are released and cultivated under a transparent and stringent regulatory mechanism, testing the human, animal health and the environmental safety following the Cartagena Biosafety Protocol, no adverse situation can be foreseen."

For details of the seminar, contact Prof. Dr. K M Nasiruddin of Bangladesh BIC at  nasirbiotech@yahoo.com.