Crop Biotechnology Center to rise in PhilRice complex
A Crop Biotechnology Center is set to rise within Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) complex in Nueva Ecija, following the approval of Department of Agriculture Secretary (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.
PhilRice said the center, which would cost P302 million to build, could be completed next year and will serve as the hub for implementing effective and efficient agricultural biotechnology research and development agenda.
Once built, the facility will host biotechnology programs on priority crops such as corn, coconut, coffee, sugarcane, and banana.
In the Philippines, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research (SEARCA) in Agriculture stated that biotechnology had improved farmers’ practices and income and the environment.
Public Law-480 program, known as Agricultural Trade Development and Assistance Act, will help fund the development of the center.