Transgenic crops to be introduced soon

Saturday,

April 10, 2005

FAISALABAD: Pakistan is set to enter into the age of transgenic crops as Pakistan Atomic energy Commission will provide 40,000kg basic seed of transgenic cotton varieties to ten seed companies for its multiplication and sale. This was disclosed by Dr Kausar Abdullah, Member Administration and Bio-sciences (PAEC) while talking to newsmen during his visit to the National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE) here Friday.

He said that various research institutes of PAEC had developed a number of high yielding and disease resistant varieties of various crops. “Out of it 23 are ready for marketing,” he said and added that PAEC had prepared 40,000kg of basic seed of various cotton varieties developed by its institutes. He said that Commission had also inked agreements with ten leading seed companies. PAEC would provide this seed to these companies for its multiplication and sale to the cotton growers, he added.

About Bio-safety guidelines, he said that PAEC had already prepared these guidelines and its institutes were also following it. However, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz had also issued instructions to all concerned ministries to remove any possible hurdle in the adoption of bio-safety guidelines.

He said that environment law and other ministries were taking this issue seriously and hopefully these guidelines would be approved very soon.

Courtesy Business Recorder

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