Corn growers seek right to plant BT law
The Philippine Maize Federation Inc. (Philmaize) urged the Department of Agriculture to craft a law that would give farmers the freedom to choose whether or not to plant genetically modified (GM) crops.
Philmaize said an agricultural biotechnology law is needed as shown by the near paralysis of the supply chain for corn farming, feed milling and livestock when the Supreme Court temporarily stopped last December the propagation and importation of PM plants and crops.
It said a law on biotechnology would ensure food security even if anti-GM groups attempt again to stop the planting of GM crops.
Seventy percent of the yellow corn that the Philippines produces goes to feed mills while the remainder is used as food.
About 2.5 million hectares are planted to corn, which benefits close to 11 million people.