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TITLE: Budget lack hits field tests of genetically modified rice
SOURCE: Financial Times - Asia Africa Intelligence Wire, by Leilani M.
DATE: Dec 27, 2002
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Budget lack hits field tests of genetically modified rice
Lack of budgetary support is expected to put a monkey wrench into local
scientists' efforts to develop a local genetically modified (GM) rice
variety for commercial use.
Bureau of Plant Industry assistant director Ceferino Baniqued told a press
conference last week state-owned Philippine Rice Research Institute
(PhilRice) may not be able to fulfill a plan to conduct multiple field
location testing next year for a genetically modified rice variety
resistant to bacterial blight.
"PhilRice does not have the budget for that. Under Administrative Order No.
8 (AO 8) or the rules governing the commercialization and propagation of
genetically modified crops in the country, multiple field tests in several
locations across the country have to be done," he said.
Dr. Rhodora Aldemita, PhilRice chief science research specialist, said in
an earlier report the bacterial blight-resistant rice variety is in field
testing phase in PhilRice's Munoz, Nueva Ecija, facility. To be able to
move to the next phase towards commercialization, she said PhilRice plans
to conduct at least seven field tests next year.
PhilRice needs to raise at least P1.4 million to fund the activity since
each field test covering 1,700 square meters would cost P200,000 for a two-
The seven field tests would have to be repeated again to cover another
planting season and to ensure the crop will pass environmental, health and
food safety standards set by AO 8.
A GM or transgenic crop is a plant that contains a gene or genes that has
been artificially inserted to create a desired trait. GM crops such as
corn, soybean and cotton are widely used in the United States and China but
will only be pioneered in the Philippines next year following this month's
government approval of the commercialization of bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)
The commercialization of Bt corn in the country was spearheaded by
multinational seed company Monsanto Philippines, Inc. through a five-year
research and field test process.
PhilRice had said it expects to commercialize in the next three years its
GM rice variety to help local farmers address the problem of bacterial
Bacterial blight adversely affects the leaves of paddy rice plants, making
them nonfunctional. The disease is usually characterized by the yellowing
of the affected plant's leaves.
Bacterial blight can cut yields by 20% to 30% if the disease hits the crop
during its seedling stage. Losses can run up to 100% if the disease strikes
mature palay crops.
The mother plant of the new variety is IR-72, one of the high-yielding rice
varieties developed in the Philippines.
Earlier attempts to produce rice varieties resistant to bacterial blight
were successful but these were not locally commercialized because the taste
did not gain much acceptance in the domestic market.
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