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Lunar New Year Brings Call From CropLife Asia To “Think Of And Thank Our Farmer Heroes”


Pandemic Reminds Us the Role of Regional Growers is More
Critical Than Ever

SINGAPORE, Feb 9, 2021 – (ACN
Newswire) – With people in Asia and around the world set to
celebrate Lunar New Year, CropLife Asia called for greater
appreciation of regional growers and their critical
contributions to food production – helping ensure food
security across Asia and making available many of the
ingredients to dishes enjoyed during this festive time of
year.

“Lunar New Year is a time when we reflect, spend
more time with friends and family, and enjoy the delicious
foods of the season,” said Dr. Siang Hee Tan, CropLife Asia
Executive Director. “In the midst of the ongoing global
pandemic, it all takes on greater meaning. The time spent
with loved ones and eating the foods we savour will be that
much more enjoyable and memorable.

“In the midst of
this year’s gatherings, I hope we can also take time to
think of and thank our farmer heroes. The men and women we
depend on for the food we eat during this holiday and
throughout the year have been hit hard by COVID-19. They
drive food security for Asia in the midst of a growing
number of challenges and obstacles. Asia’s farmers earn our
respect and appreciation every day, and we owe them our
gratitude.”

Farmers across Asia help make Lunar New
Year celebrations more festive, nutritious and delicious by
producing the various foods that are served during the
holiday season. In China and across Asia, mandarin oranges
are a staple that can be found on tables and given as gifts.
In Vietnam, xoi (sticky rice) is synonymous with Tet
celebrations. Meanwhile, tteokguk (rice cake soup) is a
popular dish enjoyed by many in Korea; while tikoy (sticky
rice treat) is a delicacy prepared by many of those
celebrating in the Philippines.

The past year has been
an unprecedented time for everyone; this has been
particularly true for farmers in our region. Asia is home to
the smallest-sized farms and the largest number of
smallholder farmers globally. The pandemic has only
exacerbated a challenging landscape for these smallholders –
one that includes mitigating the devasting impacts of
locusts, the Fall Armyworm invasive pest and climate change.
Despite these challenges, regional farmers continue to grow
the safe and nutritious foods on which we depend and help
ensure food security for a growing Asia and
world.

Plant science continues to play a critical role
in enabling farmers on this front. Biotech crops have been
developed with improved traits such as increased yield,
better resistance to pests and/or improved nutrition, among
others. These traits are crucial tools that help farmers
meet global challenges such as food insecurity. Meanwhile,
farmers continue to rely on crop protection products to
produce more food on less land and raise productivity per
hectare. Without crop protection products, 40 percent of
global rice and maize harvests could be lost every year and
losses for fruits and vegetables could be as high as 50-90
percent.

About CropLife Asia

CropLife Asia is a
non-profit society and the regional organization of CropLife
International, the voice of the global plant science
industry. We advocate a safe, secure food supply, and our
vision is food security enabled by innovative agriculture.
CropLife Asia supports the work of 15 member associations
across the continent and is led by six member companies at
the forefront of crop protection, seeds and/or biotechnology
research and development. For more information, visit us at
www.croplifeasia.org.

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