BIOTECH COUPLE: Drs. Randy & Desiree Hautea


DR. RANDY HAUTEA and his wife Dr. Desiree Hautea are deeply committed agri biotechnology advocates.

Dr. Randy is Global Coordinator and SEAsia Center Director of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA).

Dr. Desiree Hautea, on the other hand, is the regional coordinator of the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project II (ABSPII) and project leader of the Fruit and Shoot Borer Resistant (FSBR) eggplant or Bt Eggplant. This Bt Eggplant is under field trial in different locations in the country. When finally commercialized, it will benefit a lot of eggplant farmers because they will no longer have to spray their crops against the very destructive fruit and stem borer that is the number one enemy of eggplant crops today.

ISAAA is a global non-government organization that is helping disseminate the good news about biotechnology in agriculture. It conducts trainings and seminars on the advantages of planting genetically modified crops that don’t require expensive spray chemicals against certain pests. A few days ago, ISAAA conducted a seminarย for local officials and farmers in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo regarding Bt eggplant and other biotech crops. Earlier, ISAAA also sponsored a “Lakbay Aral” trip for Sta. Barbara officials and agriculturists in which they visited field testing of Bt eggplant in Los Banos and in Pangasinan.

Dr. Randy Hautea could be contacted at 0917-500-5117 while Dr. Desiree Hautea’s contact number is 0917-501-1729.

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