As one of the 9 thrusts building the National Biotechnology policy, agricultural biotechnology is the fastest progressing field of biotechnology studies in Malaysia. On top of that, the policy itself implies the importance of research in agriculture field in Malaysia. Most importantly, the agricultural biotechnology sector in Malaysia projected crops improvement as one of the key strategic sectors that will enhance the country economic growth in the future.
Figure 3: Development of Upstream Sector Projected by Bioeconomy Transformation Program (Source: Bioeconomy Transformation Program Annual Report 2014)
Implementation of the newly discovered approach to improve plants sustainability in high temperature is highly significant considering the devastating effect of the increasing temperature upon food crops. In accordance with the National Biotechnology policy, it is wise to do further studies on the potential of ‘Drought Tolerant Plant’ as an approach in maintaining the productivity of Malaysia agricultural yield in order to cope with an estimated increase of 6 million Malaysian population by 2030. Considering the fact that Malaysia is rich with biodiversity, the research can be done onto various types of plants especially food crops such as paddy and vegetables. In short, in terms of economic value, this research will be a highly advantages deal to attract local as well as international investors and help to achieve the goal of Bioeconomy Transformation Program as part of the plan devised under the National Biotechnology policy.