On Friday, March 2 NAEGA joined the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), the National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA), and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) in a letter to the Philippine Department of Agriculture on biotechnology reviews and approvals. The letter notes that applications for agricultural biotech products are taking considerably longer than the prescribed timeline under the Joint Department Circular (JDC). The letter calls for the Department to adhere to the JDC timelines for improved timing, predictability and transparency for biotech-enhanced agricultural products in order to ensure the cost efficiency and sustainability of production and trade of products imported into the Philippines.
A copy of the letter can be found here.