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Textile Standing Committee unhappy over Bt cottonseeds
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May '11
The Standing Committee on Textile set up by Pakistan's National Assembly (NA) has expressed dissatisfaction over non-availability of certified Bt cottonseeds in the country.

The Committee was unhappy that an agreement with Monsanto for provision of certified Bt cotton seeds has not yet been finalized.

The Committee was informed that the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has failed to provide the best quality seeds to cotton cultivators, who face multiple problems while using unapproved variety of cotton seeds.

It was also suggested that local scientists should be encouraged to produce cotton varieties like that of 1970s and 80s which yielded good crop.

Briefing the Standing Committee, Agriculture Development Commissioner Inayatullah Khan said nine varieties including one hybrid variety were approved by Punjab Seed Council for general cultivation in 2010. Mr. Khan added that nine new cotton varieties from Public and Private Seed Councils have been short-listed for approval.

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