Thailand makes biotech in country priority to help provide food and medicine for citizens

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Chairman Dhanin Chearavanont said biotechnology will become a significant industry for mankind in the near future because people will live longer and need good food to support their better health.

The government is going in the right direction by including biotechnology in the 10 target industries to promote in clusters, he said.

The cabinet endorsed a plan in November to attract investment in the clusters after a Finance Ministry study found private investment had receded for a decade. The industries are next-generation cars; smart electronics; affluent, medical and wellness tourism; agriculture and biotechnology; food; robotics for industry; logistics and aviation; biofuels and biochemicals; digital; and medical services.

According to the Chairman, biotechnology would be used to develop and increase productivity of vegetables, fruits, chicken, pigs, fish and shrimp as well as health food that can help people to have longer lives.

–Written by Chatrudee Theparat, Bangkok Post via Genetic Literacy Project.  See article link here.

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