The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam Academy of
Agricultural Sciences in cooperation with ISAAA, held a conference on
February 3 in Hanoi on the Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2014
(ISAAA Brief 49).
ISAAA Brief 49,
showing that in 2014, 181.5 million hectares of biotech crops were
planted by 18 million farmers in 28 countries. It was also reported that
Bangladesh is the latest country that adopted a biotech crop,
particularly Bt eggplant (Bt brinjal).
Dr. Randy Hautea, Global Coordinator of ISAAA discussed the application and benefits of biotech corn in the Philippines,
while Dr. Mahaletchumy Arujanan, Executive Director of Malaysian
Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC) highlighted the role of the media in providing correct and objective information about biotech crops against the misconception of this technology.
heads of ministries graced the occasion including Dr. Nguyen Thi Thanh
Thuy- General Director of Department of Science and Technology of the
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; Prof. Dr. Trinh Khac
Quang, Director of the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences and
participated by more than 100 regulators and scientists from science,
environment and agriculture ministries, members of the academe and
research institutes, representatives of businesses, associations and
media agencies. Discussions on the Q and A revolved around management of
biotech seeds after commercialization and effective methods of
communication on biotech crops to the public.