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Agricultural biotechnology: country case studies - a decade of development.

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This book, through its overview chapter and 12 country studies, provides useful information on the evolving biotechnological research in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The emphasis is on the potential biotechnologies hold for agriculture in developing countries. The reports vary in depth of coverage, but all combine to show the urgent need that exists for public- and private-sector investment to...


Chapter 7 (Page no: 113)


Before the economic crisis of 1997, Thailand was named one of the Asian newly industrialized countries (NICs). Efforts to revive the economy are currently under way in both the government and the private sector. The linkage between the status of science and technology and the economic status of a country has long been recognized. It is crucial for Thailand to increase the technological capability of the country, to make efficient use of its resources and to reduce the cost of production, thereby increasing economic growth and competitiveness. Despite the country's industrialization, agriculture has remained a significant part of the economy. Thailand has been moving towards industrial-based agriculture and has focused on the development of postharvest and processing technologies that are the major problems for industry. Biotechnology has become the country's priority for research and development and for the benefit of the private sector, as well as rural development.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 3) Agricultural biotechnology: global challenges and emerging science. Author(s): Persley, G. J.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 41) China. Author(s): Zhang Qifa
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 51) India. Author(s): Manju Sharma
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 61) Indonesia. Author(s): Dart, P. J. Slamet-Loedin, I. H. Sukara, E.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 95) Pakistan. Author(s): Yusuf Zafar
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 105) Philippines. Author(s): Cruz, R. E. de la
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 129) Egypt. Author(s): Madkour, M. A.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 135) Kenya. Author(s): Olembo, N. K.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 165) Zimbabwe. Author(s): Chetsanga, C. J.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 179) Brazil. Author(s): Sampaio, M. J. A.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 187) Colombia. Author(s): Torres, R. Falconi, C.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 203) Costa Rica. Author(s): Sittenfeld, A. Espinoza, A. M. Munoz, M. Zamora, A.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, 73/1 Rama 6 Road, Ratchadevi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2002
  • ISBN
  • 9780851988160
  • Record Number
  • 20093359075