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BIOTECH CROP COMMERCIALIZATION INCREASED GROWTH SINCE 1966

Date : 13 March 2013 | Source : B2B

First time since biotech crops genetically introduced two decades ago, developing countries such as Sudan and Cuba to plant more biotech than developed countries. It is a positive contribution to food security and poverty reduction in some of the most vulnerable regions in the world.

"Developing countries accounted for 52 percent of the developing world´s biotech crops in 2012, an increase of approximately 52 percent over the previous year. This year the progress of developing countries surpassed developed countries growing 48 persen of the rest," said Founder and Chairman of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), Dr Clive James at the office of the Ministry of Agriculture in Jakarta, Wednesday (13/3).

"This growth is contrary to the predictions of the critics, before commercialization of this technology in 1966, which declared biotech suitable only in developed countries, and it will never be adopted by developing countries," said James.

According to Dr. Clive James, adoption of biotech crops in developing countries continue to grow from year to year, and surpass developed countries in 2012.

"As a milestone that was once considered impossible by some agricultural experts," he said again.