Scientists in the Philippines are focusing on biotechnology to improve agricultural productivity, promote food security and sustainable development. Dr. Antonio Alfonso, coordinator of the DA Biotechnology Program and director of the Crop Biotechnology Center of the Philippine Rice Research Institute, said the DA Biotech Program gives support to programs such as food biofortification through field tests and performance validation under field conditions.
He said their focus is on further improving the variety by ensuring that it is disease-resistant and that its agronomic traits are what farmers would highly prefer. Scientific interventions, such as the development of healthier rice varieties, he said, are benefits of technology that the public sector can take advantage of. Dr. Alfonso said that with the availability of high-iron and high-zinc rice varieties in the market, rice consumers can have healthier rice options and they can then make informed choices for the benefit of their families and the community.
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