Agricultural Technology Key In Reducing Environmental Impact

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MEDIA RELEASE PR37484


Agricultural Technology Key in Reducing Environmental Impact


SINGAPORE, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --


Protecting intellectual property rights essential to spur further innovation


    The continued adoption of new plant technologies by Asia's farmers can help

reduce the impact of agriculture on the environment and adapt to climate change.


    As the world's leaders gather at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in

Copenhagen, it's timely to acknowledge the positive impact agriculture is playing in

addressing key issues such as greenhouse gas emissions, says Tan Siang Hee, Executive

Director of CropLife Asia. 


    "Farmers are on the frontline of adaptation to climate change; the way they are

changing how they produce food and fiber can have significant environmental benefits.

We must ensure they have the adequate tools and technologies necessary to do so." 


    Providing solutions for an agriculture sector facing climate change is

particularly important in developing countries where agriculture holds great promise

for furthering sustainable development and poverty reduction.  


    The plant science industry is making a positive contribution through the

development of technologies and practices that reduce impact of agriculture on the

environment:


    * Improved water efficiency

      Crops that are more efficient users of water are under development; vital given

agriculture uses 70 percent of the world's fresh water.


    * Reduced Greenhouse Gas emissions

      -- Biotech crops have reduced fuel use due to less frequent herbicide

         and insecticide applications. 

      -- The facilitation of reduced tillage systems has resulted in less

         ploughing and increased carbon storage in the soil.

      -- Creating plants that use nitrogen more efficiently reduces the need

         for added fertilizer, also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


    Tan says CropLife Asia also supports the implementation of Intellectual Property

(IP) rights necessary to the development and diffusion of new and existing

technologies.


    "Sound IP rights are a key component to attracting investment in research and

development by both the public and private sector. In most cases, they represent a

very small fraction of the costs of technology, which is outweighed by the positive

incentive they create."


    Note to editors: CropLife Asia promotes the benefits of crop protection and

biotechnology products, their importance to sustainable agriculture and food

production, and their responsible use through stewardship activities in the Asia

Pacific region. As a regional unit of CropLife International, CropLife Asia supports

the work of 15 member associations. 



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    Contact: 


     Tan Siang Hee

     Executive Director

     CropLife Asia 

     Email:  tansianghee@croplifeasia.org  

     Mobile: +65-9026-1621


SOURCE: CropLife Asia



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