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MOU Signing of DA and UPLB on Crop Breeding and Biotechnology (Mar. 22, 2022)

Author: DA Communications Group | 22 March 2022

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar and University of the Philippines in Los Baños (UPLB) Chancellor Jose Camacho, Jr. signed Memoranda of Understanding on two collaborative initiatives in crop breeding and in biotechnology on March 22, 2022.

The signing is in support of the national programs of DA particularly to support the local production of seeds and biotechnology input, as well as the intensified crop production efforts of the government.

Under the MOU, the DA will get the expertise of UPLB through the Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB) for seeds and the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (NIMBB) for biotechnology inputs. UPLB-IPB will undertake programs supporting the production of seeds/scions/stocks for priority crops of assured genetic provenance such as commercial crops. UPLB-NIMBB, on the other hand, will support the production of biofertilizers, feed ingredients/supplements, probiotics, and other products of biotechnology. (Photo by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID)