Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Pak's Punjab drops plan to introduce Bt cotton
Pak's Punjab drops plan to introduce Bt cotton
24
Jan '12
The provincial government of Punjab in Pakistan has decided not to go ahead with the introduction of Bt cotton technology.

This might mean a setback for Monsanto, the US company with which China signed an agreement in 1996, which was followed by similar deals with India and Australia in 2002.

In April 2010, Pakistan too signed a MoU with Monsanto for Bollgard II technology, which was endorsed by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet.

Punjab Minister for Agriculture, Ahmad Ali Aulakh, is known to be an opponent of Bt cotton and had been against the deal with Monsanto as the Genetically Modified (GM) cotton will be a costly affair for poor farmers and it would not be able to solve problems faced by cotton cultivators in Punjab.

Experts say the inability of Bt cotton to kill mealy bug, cotton leaf curl virus (CLCV) and sucking and chewing pests is one of the reasons for the Punjab government's decision to not to go ahead with the introduction of Bt cotton in the province.

Another reason cited is the inability of animals to digest the cotton cake made from Bt cotton seeds, due to which they often fall sick.

The Seed Association of Pakistan (SAP) has repeatedly warned the Punjab government that introduction of Bt cotton may lead to closure of national seed companies and also add huge cost on the public exchequer.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 22nd Jun 2017

Zund unveils cradle feeder roll-feed system for fabrics

Zund Systemtechnik AG, Switzerland’s textile machinery firm that...

Textiles | On 22nd Jun 2017

Hpfabrics opening production facility in Forsyth County

Hpfabrics, manufacturer of raw fabrics, is opening a new production...

Courtesy: Napapijri

Apparel/Garments | On 22nd Jun 2017

Napapijri's Superlight Parka is free of fur and down

Napapijri has introduced the new Superlight Parka, a new lightweight...

Interviews View All

Vasanth Kumar
Max Fashion India

‘Traditional high-street retailers are now willing to offer franchisees to ...

Riddhika Shah
SS Homme

'Worsted wool is the ideal fabric for menswear'

Cindy McNaull
Cordura

We have broad range of options in durable fabrics

Kai Poehler
Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG

The glass mat industry is growing by five to eight per cent annually. Kai...

Giorgio Mantovani
Corman S.p.A

Giorgio Mantovani, MD of Corman, with a presence in both Milano and New...

Urs Stalder
Sanitized AG

Urs Stalder, CEO, Sanitized AG, talks about the increasing use of hygiene...

Silvia Venturini Fendi
Fendi s.r.l

"Yes, my confidence and positive attitude are my strengths and should be...

Aditi Somani
Aditi Somani

Aditi Somani specialises in luxury fusion wear with international cuts and ...

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

news category


Related Categories:
June 2017

June 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search