Effective use of biotechnology enhances agro-production

FARMERS in a maize field.

KELLY NJOMBO, Bonn, Germany
BAYER CropScience Limited, a multinational chemical and pharmaceutical company, says developing countries must adopt and use biotechnology effectively to enhance crop productivity and promote agriculture sustainability.
Bayer CropScience Deutschland managing director Helmut Schramm said increasing agricultural productivity remains a central concern among developing countries.
Dr Schramm said this during a tour of the company recently, as part of the 60th annual congress of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) in Bonn.
He said biotechnology continues to expand its range of applications, with numerous innovative solutions being developed, especially for the developing world.
“Established technologies accepted by scientists world over for genetically engineering insect and virus resistance are being applied to a wide range of crops, including tropical subsistence crops, which support the livelihood of rural communities in the developing world. This is a significant development for these communities because insect or virus resistant crops often provide solutions where practical alternatives were previously unavailable. As such, these innovations contribute directly to improved yields and greater levels of food security,” he said.

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