Biotechnology crucial for sustainable food production
Agriculture Secretary William Dar said that biotechnology is one of the options to enable and assure sustainable food production.
“As we increase our population, we need to level up our productivity per unit area. And you know, today and in the future, it’s only through science and technology that the level of productivity will be increased,” Dar said.
Dar said that with the multitude uses of land, agricultural terrains continue to dwindle and diminish.
“Do you know that three to five million hectares of those previously considered forest lands are no longer forests in many ways?” he said.
That is why he is promoting the production of more biotech crops in the country.
The Secretary added that government agencies including the Departments of Environment and Agrarian Reform have discussed measures to address the issue.
“That is one indication that the government wants to put in place strategies to segregate and dedicate areas for food production,” Dar said.