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Pakistan lagging 25 years in cotton biotechnology
May '11
Pakistan is lagging behind by 25 years from the world in the field of biotechnology, according to scientists who gathered for a seminar on 'Implementation of the Bio-safety Protocols' at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF).

This situation is in spite of the fact that Bt cotton is being cultivated on 2.4 million hectares due to the introduction of 29 biotechnological enriched varieties.

The scientists participating in the seminar were unanimous that biotechnology and bio-safety need to be promoted to cope with the food challenge that the world faces due to the ever-rising population.

According to them, Pakistan lags other countries in the production of pest-free crops.

To rectify the situation, they urged the Government to take tangible steps including launching a media campaign and introduction of short-term courses for raising awareness of the people about the intellectual property rights (IPR).

UAF Vice Chancellor Dr. Iqrar Ahmed Khan, who chaired the session, stressed on the need to increase the per-acre crop production by adopting modern techniques to decrease the cost of production. He reminded the scientists of their duty to introduce improved varieties of crops to feed the world population.

Stating that the world is divided in both ecology and economics, Dr. Khan said that, both play a vital role in the development of a country.

Dr. Khan called for catching up with the world knowledge, which is increasing with each passing day. The establishment of bio monitoring cell at UAF will promote Bt cotton in the cotton growing areas.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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