Workshop On GMOs on Sept. 27, 2012

A one-day workshop on Genetically Modified Crops (GMOs) will be held at the Traders Hotel on Roxas Blvd., Manila, will be held on September 27, 2012. 

This is under the auspices of the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Institutions (APAARI), through its program, the Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology (APCoAB) and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD).

The workshop is being organized to provide a platform for discussing the status and current issues on genetic modification technology for agricultural develop in the Asia-Pacific Region. The event also aims to enable discussions on R&D initiatives as well as related policy issues on GMOs towards addressing food security and environmental sustainability. Crop R&D experts, representatives of concerned institutions from both private and public sectors, and NGO and farmer-representatives are invited to participate in the workshop.


1. Dr. Randy A. Hautea, ISAAA: Global Status of Adoption of Biotechnology Crops.
2. Dr. J.L. Karihaloo, APAARI: Status of GM Crops in India.
3. Raju Barwale: Commercialization of GM Crops in India.
4. Simeon A. Cuyson, CropLife: Commercialization of GM Crops in the Philippines.
5. Dr. Nina Gloriani, BCP: NGO Initiatives on GM Crops.
6. Rosalie Ellasus: Bt Corn Production: A Farmer’s Experience.. 
7. Dr. B.M. Prasanna, CIMMYT: The Cimmyt Maize Program. 
There are several speakers in the afternoon on: The Philippine Biosafety/Regulatory System; DOST Biotechnology Roadmap; DA Biotechnology Roadmap; Bt Eggplant and PRSV-R Papaya; IRRI’s Golden Rice Project; and Communicating the Truths and Myths About GM Crops.

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