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  • 1. “ Ag Biotech – Improving Farmers’ Lives” BIO International Convention 2009 Atlanta, GA USA ROSALIE M. ELLASUS Smallholder Farmer Immediate Past President PHILMAIZE
  • 2. BIOTECHNOLOGY PROMISE.. Growth for a Better World
    • IMPROVE FARMERS’ LIVES Increasing incomes and standards of living
    • PRODUCE MORE Helping farmers meet the needs of a growing planet
    • CONSERVE MORE Preserving natural resources for future generations
    • PLEDGED TO HELP FARMERS GROW YIELD SUSTAINABLY SO THEY CAN BE SUCCESSFUL, PRODUCE HEALTHIER FOODS, BETTER ANIMAL FEEDS , FUEL
    • AND MORE FIBER…….
    Round Up Ready spraying
  • 3. PHILIPPINES…
    • 1st country in Asia to have biotechnology crop for food and feed approved for commercialization.
    • Biotech mega country growing of biotech crops.
    • 1990 – EO 430 signed by Pres. C. Aquino
    • 1998 – Ratification and Effectivity of NCBP
    • 2002 – AO8 Implementation of Guidelines
    • for importation and release of GMO
    • 2003 – commercial planting of Bt corn was initiated.
    • 2007 – shortage of biotech corn seeds in the market.
    • 2008 – adoption of biotech maize increased to almost 500T hectares.
  • 4. Backgrounder..
    • ZERO KNOWLEDGE IN FARMING
    • B.S. MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY GRADUATE (CY 1980)
    • WORKED AS OFW FOR 11 YEARS (SINGAPORE) LEAVING 3 SONS & HUSBAND IN THE PHILS. (1987 – 1998)
    • HUSBAND PASSED AWAY IN THE YEAR 1995
    • RETURNED HOME FOR GOOD IN THE YEAR 1998
  • 5. Becoming a Farmer making headways….
    • - Income from office work (8am-5pm) not enough to support family and children’s education;
    • - Used savings to buy 1.3 has. of farm lot planted to rice and corn in farmer-tenant sharing;
    • - Invested in public use vehicle and started backyard piggery;
    • - Decided to become hands-on farmer; studied how to grow rice and corn with help from government agriculture program – Integrated Pest Management Farmers’ Field School (IPM-FFS).
  • 6. Learning Farming thru’ Integrated Pest Management – Farmers’ Field School PLOUGHING ROTOVATING PULVORIZING FURROWING
  • 7. Organic/inorganic mixing Manual Planting Off Barring Basal application Irrigation Weeding
  • 8. TRICHOGRAMMA APPLICATION FUNGAL APPLICATION PEST MONITORING HARVESTING SHELLING COB DRYING CORN GRAINS DRYING MARKETING
  • 9. In spite of good agricultural practices using conventional hybrid corn seeds, we farmers can’t get away with……….
    • Asian Corn Borer
    • Army worms etc..
    • weeds
  • 10. Quality Standards Required by Feed Millers/End Users
    • 14% Moisture Content (MC)
    • 20 PPB food grade or
    • 50 PPB feed grade
    • “ AFLATOXIN”
    • 3% or less broken grains
    • 3-4% or less dirt and
    • foreign matters
    • no rancid odor or foul odor
  • 11. “ DREAM… BELIEVE… AND SURVIVE”
    • -In 2002, visited Bt corn field trial in nearby town; impressed by clean leaves and cobs because no borer attacks
    • - Own farm used as techno demo site for Biotech corn
    • - In 2003, coop members planted BT/YG in commercial scale
    • - Planting stacked corn (YG/RRC2) from 2006 to present..
  • 12. Reaping Benefits…
    • - With biotech corn, yield increased from 3.2 to 7.3 metric tons per hectare
    • - More income with higher yields, very seldom or even no rejects from feed millers because of clean, quality corn seeds
    • With BT corn <less insect monitoring, reduce spraying of pesticides
    • Safe for human & animal consumption
  • 13. Reaping Benefits…
    • Adapting Stacked Corn (YG/RRC2)
    • Insect protection & weed control
    • Healthy corn plants and clean
    • kernels
    • Highest Yield I harvested @9.2MT
    • per hectare
  • 14. Planting Stacked Corn….
    • Mitigate soil erosion by practicing
    • minimal tillage
    • Zero tillage = savings on cultivation
    • costs
    • Reduced lodging
    • Less Time consuming
  • 15. Changes gained using “STACKED CORN”
    • Cleaner and healthier farm
    • Peace of mind with biotech maize
    • Better income, expand land to 10 has.
    • Income from BT corn farming,
    • help children’s college education
    • 5) Owned modern farm machineries
  • 16. Additional Economic Benefits using BT Corn…
    • Corn Husks or by-products of BT corn
    • are sturdy and flawless for handicrafts
    • or novelties
    • Shiny and no traces of insect infestations
  • 17. FLE – Farmer Leader Extension..
    • (2002 – 2007) Chairman San Jacinto Kasakalikasan MPC
    • (2002 – 2007) Chairman Pangasinan Corn Growers Assn.
    • (2002 – Presen) Regional Representative of Philmaize
    • (2006 – 2008) National President Philmaize Federation Inc.
    • (2004 – Present) Regional Representative ASFARNET (ASIA)
    • (2006 – Present) Vice-Chairman National Competitiveness Corn Board
    • (2007- Present) Municipal Councilor of San Jacinto, Pangasinan
  • 18. Different Activities…
    • Organized National Corn Congress every year
    • Assisted in the Renewal of Permit of MON810’s commercialization
    • We lobby, monitor, evaluate National Government Programs under DA-GMA Corn
    • Advocate the Benefits of Biotechnology Corn nationwide
    • Intervene on Import/Export of Corn in price and volume
    • Close Collaboration with Technology Developer
    • Regular Meetings/Consultations and Interactions with Dept. of Agriculture and it’s agencies, Livestock Dept., Private Sectors and other Corn Stakeholders.
  • 19. Being an Avid Fan of Biotech Corn…. JANUARY 19, 2007 AT CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA
  • 20. >MEXICO FORUM – PRESENTE Y FUTURO DEL CAMPO MEXICANO “ UNA VISION COMPETITIVA” (March 2008) >38 TH ANNUAL CONVENTION OF WESTERN CANADIAN WHEAT GROWERS ASSOCIATION “PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES (MINNEAPOLIS, U.S.A. – Sept. 2007)
  • 21. >Seminar on Agricultural Biotechnology: “The Prospect and the Role of Agricultural Biotechnology for Community Welfare in Indonesia” at Medan, Indonesia (July 2008) >THE WORKSHOP ON: “Current Status of Bio-Safety of Genetic Engineering Products at Bogor University, Bogor, Indonesia (August 2007))
  • 22. >INAUGURAL FARMER TO FARMER GLOBAL ROUNDTABLE (WORLD FOOD PRIZE at Des Moines, Iowa USA, Oct. 2006 ) >FARMER BIOTECH OUTREACH: “Strengthening the Competitiveness of Small Farmers” (PHILIPPINES, Sept. 2006) >ASIAN FARMERS’ EXCHANGE PROGRAM “Knowledge and Experience Sharing in Planting GM Crops “ (PHILIPPINES, Dec. 2006) >PRESS CONFERENCE “Progress and Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops in 2007 (PHILIPPINES, Feb. 2008)
  • 23. -SHARE BIOTECH EXPERIENCE TO PERU SCIENTISTS AT SEARCA-BIC, UP COLLEGE, LAGUNA (SEPT. 2008) AND VIETNAMESE ACADEMES AT MEXICO & CLARK, PAMPANGA (DEC 01, 2008) -INTERVIEWED ON THE PHONE BY THE US SOYA BEAN BOARD AS BIOTECH FARMER EXPERT REPRESENTING THE PHILIPPINES (OCT. 2008)
  • 24. Shared Biotech Experience at Ormoc City, Visayas (May 13, 2009) “ MEDIA WORKSHOP” – Creating Public Awareness, Knowledge and Understanding of Biotech Crops
  • 25. Due to my passion in Biotech Farming… KLECKNER TRADE & TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENT AWARD WORLD FOOD PRIZE Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.A. October 18, 2007 Sponsored by: TRUTH ABOUT TRADE & TECHNOLOGY 1 ST RECIPIENT
  • 26. Continuing My Biotech Journey… Then… A BT Corn Seed Grower
  • 27. Harvesting BT Seeds Produce…. * seed company demand for not less than 98% seed purity*
  • 28. Unstoppable Journey…..
  • 29. * FIELD DAY AS “FARMER SCIENTIST” USING MY OWN BIOTECH CORN PRODUCED FOR THE ENHANCEMENT TECHNOLOGY FOR SLAUGHTER SWINE PRODUCTION* (NOV. 2008)
  • 30. CONDUCT CEP (CONTINUOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM TO REMOTE VILLAGES/NEW OPEN AREAS FOR CORN PRODUCTION IN REGION 1 W/ SLOGAN “MINIMIZING INPUTS AND MAXIMIZING YIELD THRU’ BIOTECH CROPS, MICROBIAL AND ORGANIC FERTILIZERS..) Unexpected Mission??
  • 31. In order to grasp tomorrow’s challenge…
    • Biotech Crops that is *drought tolerant
    • *nitrogen sufficient
    • *abundant water tolerant
    • Good Post Harvest Facilities – more solar dryers and mechanical dryers
    • Good Agricultural Practices Dissemination & Continuous Education Program for farmers especially in the remote villages
    • Pre and Post Marketing Linkages
  • 32.