DOST to develop guidelines on Plant Breeding Innovations

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is seeking to craft “facilitative guidelines” that would cover all activities involving new Breeding Techniques (NBTs) in an effort to caution the impact of climate change on country’s agriculture sector, especially the plant breeders.

DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said with the National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines’ (NCBP) issuance of the policy on Plant Breeding Innovations, the development of such guidelines “based on the best available science for all activities involving NBTs” is in order.

“I am proud to say that we, the Philippines have joined the few countries that issued a policy on the treatment of plants and plant products derived from NBTs. Through the issuance of the NCBP’s policy on Plant Breeding Innovations, it is our hope that we will be able to develop a facilitative guidelines based on the best available science for all activities involving NBTs,” he said in a webinar conducted by the NCBP on the New Plant Breeding Techniques or Plant Breeding Innovations.

 

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