Monday, June 26, 2006

Cloned carabao, virus-resistant papaya, other 'Pinoy Biotek' products out soon

More products of agricultural-biotechnology developed by Filipino scientists will soon be commercialized as the government steps up its program to increase food production and ensure the country's food security.

Agriculture Secretary Domingo Panganiban said the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) will soon come up with the first cloned carabao or "Super Buffalo" within the next two years at the same time that a pest-resistant breed of eggplant will soon be commercialized.

He said papaya resistant to the ring spot virus and papaya with delayed-ripening trait, multi-virus resistant tomato and other genetically-improved variety of crops are currently in the pipeline. He said the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is also developing multi-vitamin-enriched rice.

Panganiban said the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is also developing improved breed of tilapia and milkfish (bangus) that are better-tasting, fast-growing and can live in different conditions.

He said BFAR had recently came up with tilapia that can survive in cold and salt water, and are now being cultured in marine areas in the Cordillera and Mindanao. The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), he said, is also coming up with a kadang-kadang resistant variety of coconut to solve the problem brought about by the disease.

Director Alicia Ilaga, chair of the DA's Biotechnology Implementation Unit said the government is also focusing research and development in bio-pharming, or the commercialization of plant-made pharmaceuticals.

She said the government is now stepping up research and development to supply ingredients of pharmaceutical products through public-private partnership.The Agriculture secretary, meanwhile, said he would approve the release of funds for biopharming next month.
Panganiban said the country is pinning its hope on agricultural biotechnology to increase food production to solve the problem brought about by the diminishing land area devoted to food production.

He said over the past 10 years, around 500,000 hectares have been converted for industrial, commercial and residential uses, and only through modern agriculture technology that the country can cope with the increasing demand for food.

In 2003, the country released the Bt corn, a variety of corn that can resist the Asian corn borer. Bt corn is induced with the Bacillus thuriengiensis, a bacteria known to be the nat ural enemy of corn borer. This, he reported, dramatically increased yield and reduced cost brought about by the use of pesticide of Bt corn farmers. (Biolife News Service)

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AGRI-INFO/JUNE 26, 2006


TITLE: CLONED CARABAO, VIRUS-RESISTANT PAPAYA, OTHER ‘PINOY BIOTEK PRODUCTS OUT SOON


ALAM BA NINYO NA NAKATAKDA NANG MAGKAROON NG KAUNA-UNAHANG CLONED CARABAO NA TINAGURIANG “SUPER BUFFALO” SA SUSUNOD NG DALAWANG TAON?

KASABAY NITO, IBINALITA RIN MISMO NI AGRICULTURE SECRETARY PANGANIBAN NA NAKATAKDA RING ISA-KOMERSIYAL ANG PEST-RESISTANT BREED NG TALONG O EGGPLANT.

INIHAYAG DIN NI SECRETARY PANGANIBAN NA KASALUKUYAN NANG TINATRABAHO NG MGA PINOY EXPERT ANG MGA BAGONG URI NG PAPAYA NA ANG ISA AY MATIBAY LABAN SA RING SPOT VIRUS AT ANG ISA NAMAN AY PAPAYA NA HINDI MADALING MAHINOG.

DAGDAG PA RITO ANG KAMATIS NA MATIBAY LABAN SA IBAT-IBANG URI NG VIRUS AT ILALABAS NA RIN PARA SA PANGKOMERSIYAL NA LAYUNIN ANG IBA PANG TANIM NA SUMAILALIM SA GENETIC ENGINEERING.

NAIS DING IPABATID NI SECRETARY PANGANIBAN ANG HAKBANG NA GINAGAWA NGAYON NG BUREAU OF FISHERIES AND AQUATIC RESOURCES ANG BREEDING NG TILAPIA AT BANGUS NA MAS MALASA, MASARAP, MAS MADALING LUMAKI AT MAAARING MABUHAY SA KAHIT NA ANONG KUNDISYON NG KLIMA AT KATUBIGAN.

NABATID PA MULA KAY PANGANIBAN, NA ANG PHILIPPINE COCONUT AUTHORITY AY MERONG PAG-AARAL NA GINAGAWA PARA MAGKAROON NG NIYOG NA MATIBAY LABAN SA SAKIT NA KADANG KADANG.

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