Agricultural sector promotes biotechnology
July 9, 2013
ISLAMABAD: National Food Security and Research Federal Minister Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, discussed the need to Agricultural sector promote biotechnology at the launch ceremony of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) Report-44 on the global status of commercialised biotech crops.
The minister said Pakistan is an agricultural country and 70% of its population is directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture. In order to meet the needs of the growing population, modern agricultural technologies must be used to increase crop yields.
Bosan said biotech crops can significantly increase productivity and can fuel rural economic growth that helps reduce poverty in the country. He also said that the use of biotech crops can help ensure food security. The minister said that a farmer oriented national strategy was needed to promote understanding of biotechnology amongst farmers, and develop biotechnology at the grassroots level. Agricultural sector
“In the future, our country needs to work out plans for drought control, use nitrogen efficiently, increase nutrition value of food crops by employing modern farming methods and also develop a chain for sustainable and quality supply of food and feed in the country”, said Bosan.
According to the minister, Pakistan was amongst the first few countries to realize the potential of biotechnology in the early 1970s but over time the implementation process slowed down.