Four biotechnological commodities to go commercial

Kamis, 23 Februari 2012 | 08:29

Four biotechnologically-engineered agricultural commodities - sugarcane, potato, paddy, and corn - will be cultivated commercially starting 2013.Today, the four commodities are still on food safety test process supported by companies and universities. For instance, PT Perkebunan Nusantara XI (PTPN) and Jember University are engaged in the cultivation of sugarcane variety that can be cultivated in dry land.

Director of Agency for Biological Tropic Research Bambang Purwantara said several biotechnological food commodities will be cultivated commercially and locally particularly for dry-land resistant

Later, the biotechnological sugarcane will be cultivated massively by PTPN.

Chairman of Development and Research Center for Biotechnology and Genetic Natural Resources at Agriculture Ministry Karden Mulya revealed the biotechnological seeds of corn, paddy, and potato may be able to be cultivated by 2014.

Safe to consume

However, before entering into market, the commodities have to pass environment safety test so they could be consumed safely.

In the meantime, the Agriculture Ministry had issued Regulation No.61/2011 on Testing, Assessment, Discharge, and Withdrawal of Biotechnological Products.

Karden added the biotechnological seed of dry-land resistant sugarcane had been passed the environment safety test and had pocketed environment safety certificate, while today it is still on food safety test process.

Expectedly, biotechnological potato could be cultivated commercially in 2014. (t01/msw)

By Sepudin Zuhri, Yudha Prawira