Program on agricultural biotechnology bears fruit


TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has successfully helped 42 local companies develop new products and has inspired them to invest a total of NT$1.11 billion (US$34 million) in research and development funds under a national R&D promotional program, officials said yesterday.

The MOEA’s Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) offered assistance to those program under the National Science and Technology Program for Agricultural Biotechnology, the officials said.

Under the program, selected companies were offered R&D subsidies and the IDB also helped them seek technology transfers from domestic research institutes, said the officials. Among these companies, they said, Farming IntelliGene Tech. Corp. and Fwusow Industry Co. are the two that have produced the most promising results.

According to the bureau, Farming IntelliGene — a company specializing in viral detection and prevention technologies for aquaculture — has developed a dozen detection systems, while one — for white spot syndrome in shrimps dubbed “ IQ2000 WSSV Detection and Prevention System” — was accredited by the World Organization for Animal Health in May.