January 28, 2014
Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) will cooperate with multi-national companies to import good quality seed for increasing the cotton production in the country and it will also supply well germinated, high resistant seed, said Mukhtar Ahmed Khan Baloch Chairman of PCGA while talking to a delegation of Monsanto, a multi-national company on Monday.
He said local seed mafia was supplying substandard and less germinated seed to farmers on exorbitant rates and this mafia was fleecing the growers with both hands. He said farmers were incurring loss of billions of rupees per season at the hands of seed mafia and adulteration mafia.
Chairman of PCGA said they would not rely only one multi-national company but it would contact the developed countries like Brazil, China, India, etc to save the cotton economy. He asked all the multi-national companies to cooperate the Pakistani growers for boosting up the cotton production by transferring modern technology and good quality seed. He was of the view that multi-national companies should talk to all stakeholders and PCGA can play its role to bring all stakeholder on one platform.
He said that transfer of research and technology to Pakistan may bring a revolution in the life of cotton growers. He said that government was trying to ensure the supply of qualitative seed to farmers since 1993 but influential people and strong seed mafia foiled the government efforts. Monsanto’s country head Aamer Mehmood said that Monsanto is an agricultural company, which apply innovation and technology to help farmers around the world produce more while conserving more. He said that we help farmers grow yield sustainable so they can be successful, produce healthier foods, better animal feeds and more fiber, while also reducing agriculture’s impact on our environment.
Globally, Monsanto invests almost $1.5 million a day to look for and bring to market innovative technologies that answer customer’s needs. Co-ordinator Muhammad Aasim explained the brief history of Monsanto and said it came to Pakistan on October 01, 1998, by acquiring “Cargill International seed” operations.
During that period, Monsanto also acquired DEKALB Genetics and Asgrow business world-wide, giving Pakistan an access to wide range of superior genetics. He claimed that today, we have a strong core business in Pakistan based on DEKALB and Asgrow seed brands and the family of Roundup herbicide products, backed by well spread marketing infrastructure to reach farmers through out Pakistan.
Monsanto takes pride in being the first agriculture company in Pakistan to invest in all essential components of seed business, such as research, production, processing, quality assurance and developing a viable marketing infrastructure. The meeting was attended by former Chairmen of PCGA Amanullah Qureshi, Sheikh Muhammad Saeed, Suhail Mehmood Haral, Shehzad Ali Khan, Khawaja Muhammad Azam, Rao Sadaruddin, Khawaja Riaz Hussain Siddiqui, Khawaja Farooq Ahmed, Chaudhry Khalid Bashir, Kashif Rasool Maral, Mian Akhtar Javed and Mudassar Hussain, Muhammad Asif Khalid Secretary General, Syed Tauqueer Shah, Deputy Secretary of PCGA, Aamer Mehmood Mirza, Muhammad Aasim, Muhammad Ilyas Nadeem, Maria Aslam and Javed Murtaza of Monsanto. Business Recorder