ISAAA 2016 Report launched in Indonesia

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INTERNATIONAL Service for the Acquisition of Agribiotech Application (ISAAA)’s most recent report, Global Status of Commercialised Biotech/GM Crops: 2016 was launched at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia on May 23 during a one-day national seminar on biotechnology.

The event, organised by ISAAA and the Indonesian Biotechnology Information Centre (IndoBIC) was attended by some 90 members of the academy, local government representatives, media practitioners, and students.

The event was attended by Ir Arofa Noor Indriani MSI, Director of Food Security Agency, Yogyakarta Province, who gave the welcome message.

Dr Rhodora R Aldemita, ISAAA Senior Programme Officer, presented the 2016 Global Status of Commercialised Biotech/GM Crops.

Dr Mahaletchumy Arujanan, Executive Director of the Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC), gave an overview of biotech/GM crop adoption in Asia, while Dr Muhammad Herman discussed the research and development of biotech product and its regulation in Indonesia.

Scientists from Gadjah Mada University, Bogor Agricultural University, and Yogyakarta province presented updates on agribiotech research.

Mahaletchumy together with IndoBIC Director, Prof Dr Bambang Purwantara, were guests on live television interviews on Jogja TV on May 22, and Kompass TV on May 23. The interview received positive response from audience with many enquiries on the benefits of biotech crops. — Biotech Crop Update