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Import of BT cotton to remain stagnant for a while
Jun '08
In order to balance the growing demand for food, the Government of Pakistan has refused to allow the private sector to import BT cotton seeds. It has instead, plans for importing food grains and crops for meeting the requirements of the masses.

Recently, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani discussed the issue on improving agricultural technologies to ensure food security and bring radical changes in crop sciences among others.

Sources informed Fibre2fashion that the PM also asked experts to put forward proposals for development projects in order to achieve the high targets. Mr Gillani also threw light on the fact that unless proper and systematized marketing channels are developed, farmers will not get due profits for their produce.

Efforts are being made to forge an international collaboration through International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) or with other institutions to achieve the set targets.

This strategic move made by the authority shows that although cotton and other commercial crops hold profound importance, other crucial issues cannot be sidelined.

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