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PJD 2001 Vol. XXVIII No. 1-a: Agricultural Biotechnology: Opportunities and Challenges for the Philippines

Developing countries, still heavily dependent on agriculture, must now harness biotechnology to modernize agricultural production and diversify product outputs. The Philippines was one of the first Asian countries to establish a biotechnology research and development program. However, not much progress in harnessing the tools of biotechnology has been achieved, especially in the area of varietal improvement. Despite an early realization of the importance of biotechnology in national agricultural development, there was little political will to provide resources for this program to move forward. Modern technology must be regarded as one of the tools in modernizing Philippine agriculture. Its role in varietal improvement, biosecurity, product standards and pest and disease prevention and management must be enhanced. A critical mass of highly trained human resources in the natural and social sciences that will undertake the research and development activities in agricultural technology must also be assured. Private participation must also be encouraged.

Philippine Institute for Development Studies
Authors Keywords
Padolina, William G.; biotechnology; agricultural technology; agriculture sector; agricultural productivity;
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