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Biotech Products Overcome Food Shortages

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JAKARTA-A number of people agree that it is time for biotechnology products to be used by the Indonesian people considering the many benefits that have been witnessed in the world. Another interesting thing related to education needs to continue to be done to the community.

Biotechnology, more specifically, Genetically Engineered Products (GMO) is one of the extraordinary parts of our lives because among modern technologies that are widely applied in the world, GM products are the most detailed technological results, regulated and studied and tested before being used.

Biotechnology provides breakthrough products and technologies to solve food shortages, restore environmental damage, and boost the economy. Biotechnology is also an alternative solution for several major global problems such as global warming, the increasing crisis of petroleum fuels, and especially poverty.

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Director of IndoBIC, Prof. Dr. Bambang Purwantara explained, the current status of adoption of biotech crops in the world has been reported by ISAAA. A total of 190.4 million hectares of biotech crops have been planted in 29 countries to improve the lives of 17 million biotech farmers and their families worldwide in 2019.

“Soon Indonesia will have other biotech products belonging to the nation’s children which will soon be commercialized,” he said in a webinar entitled “The Benefits of Adopting Biotech Crops for Farmers” while welcoming the 76th Anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia, last week.

This event presents several important developments, especially in Indonesia related to biotechnology, among others highlighting the results of public perception studies

which has been carried out in 2020 as well as the approval of 2 new regulations and biotechnology potato products that will soon be commercialized.

Hendarman, Acting Head of the Bureau of Cooperation and Public Relations, Kemendikbudristek said that mastery of agricultural technology needs to be given to students in Agricultural Vocational Schools because agricultural technology in Indonesia is still lagging behind other countries.

This is because some domestic food needs are still imported from abroad, even though Indonesia has undeveloped potential. The revitalization of the Agricultural Vocational School is expected to be able to overcome the shortage of food in Indonesia by creating skilled workers and entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector.

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Director of SEAMEO BIOTROP, Dr. Zulhamsyah Imran explained that in the future, all Biotrop research will continue to be adapted to the needs of industry 4.0 automation of research support equipment that can help solve various problems while increasing productivity in the agricultural world at various scales.

“Of course, it is hoped that it will increase the productivity of the interests of the Indonesian people,” he said.

Editor : Muchamad Ismail

Writer : Fredrikus Wolgabrink Sabini

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