Socioeconomic Impacts of Bt Eggplant: Ex-ante Case Studies in the Philipines

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Eggplant production accounts for nearly one-third of the total volume of the top vegetables grown in the
Philippines. Current productivity, however, is about only half 0f the average yield in Asia and the world. Such low
productivity is attributed to the devastating damage caused by the eggplant fruit and shoot borer. In 2003,
research started in the development of a biotech eggplant, Bt eggplant, with built-in resistance to the fruit
and shoot borer. Promising varieties of this biotech eggplant are currently under advanced stage evaluation
for horticultural performance and biosafety.

PUBLISHED BY:  International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications and the SEAMEO Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture

CITATION: Gerpacio, Roberta V. and Albert P. Aquino (eds). 2014. Socioeconomic Impacts of Bt Eggplant: Ex-ante Case Studies in the Philippines. International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), Ithaca, New York, USA and SEAMEO Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.

 

This book presents the findings of completed ex-ante studies on the market prospects and potential economic, health, and environmental impacts 0f Bt eggplant in the Philippines. These analyses are complemented by studies on pesticide use, costs and returns of conventional eggplant production, and supply chains In eggplant
marketing. Ali the studies were conducted in major eggplant-producing provinces in the country, and used both primary and secondary data and information.

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