Two Types of Bt Eggplant

DR. EMIL Q. JAVIER, NAST PRESIDENT

WHEN the Bt Eggplant will be finally commercialized, there will be two types that will be available for farmers to choose from. This was revealed by Dr. Emil Q. Javier, president of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), during a press conference at a hotel in Pasay City (May 15, 2012).


One will be Hybrid Bt Eggplant while the other will be Open Pollinated Variety (OPV). The hybrid seeds will cost more but the yield will also be higher. On the other hand, the OPV is for farmers who would rather use the seeds that they harvest from their own crops. Usually, these will yield less than the hybrids but then the farmers will have the freedom to choose which type of seed to plant. He might not have enough cash to buy the more expensive hybrid seed.


This will answer the concerns of those who say that this Bt Eggplant will only benefit the multinational companies since they will be the ones producing the seeds which farmers will have to buy every time they plant. Now, the farmers will be able to produce their own Bt Eggplant seeds. 


Bt Eggplant is currently undergoing field testing in different parts of the country. Bt Eggplant will not need any chemical spraying against fruit and stem borer, the most destructive pest of eggplant.

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