01.12.2022 (Обновлено: 13.12.2022 10:42)

FAO and the EEC hold a joint webinar on biotechnologies in Agroindustrial Complex for the EAEU countries

On November 29-30, the Eurasian Economic Commission jointly with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) held a webinar titled "Modern biotechnologies in plant breeding and international experience in regulating the turnover of seeds of genetically modified varieties of agricultural plants".


"Modern biotechnologies open up new opportunities for improving the efficiency of agriculture. However, at the same time there are risks of unintentional damage to the environment and human health. Therefore, it is important to work out a balanced regulation in this area, taking into account the best international practices, which will be presented by international experts," Artak Kamalyan, Minister in charge of Industry and Agroindustrial Complex of the EEC, stressed at the opening of the event.

 In turn, Deputy Director General, FAO Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia Vladimir Rakhmanin emphasized: 

"The development of industrial, applied science and, in particular, biotechnologies opens up broad prospects for qualitatively new transformations in agriculture. In the long term, these technologies can become the basic condition for the development of sustainable agriculture."

The webinar was attended by representatives of authorized bodies and organizations of the Member States, registration for the event was open.
The speakers presented approaches to risk assessment of the use of genetically modified organisms, the provisions of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the experience of South Korea and the European Union in the regulation of GMOs. The results of the event will be taken into account in further integration work on the development of the seed market within the EAEU and improving the efficiency of the agro-industrial sector of the Union.

The event was made possible thanks to the efforts of the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, as well as the FAO Office for Communication with the Russian Federation.

For reference

The event was held within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Eurasian Economic Commission and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations dated November 12, 2013.