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Bt cotton

Wikileaks: the GM/Bt push into Pakistan

January 14, 2014 Najma Sadeque Wikileaks run into so many millions that it takes months or years to ferret out specifics relevant to one’s own country or other linked-up nations. One leak regarding corporate agricultural goings-on in Pakistan from 2008, was fished out. It refers to Monsanto’s aggressive attempts to force Bt cotton into Pakistan, now stalled because, after the 18th Amendment, it is no longer a federal decision but a provincial one. But are the provinces technically…

High-yielding seeds: Companies push for Bt cotton in Pakistan

LAHORE: In a fresh bid to restart the legislation process from where it was discontinued earlier, a summary is being sent to the Prime Minister Secretariat, seeking exemption over the lapse of the proposed Seed Amendment Act 2010, which could not be tabled before the parliament prior to its dissolution in 2013. The passage of the Seed Act is vital for ensuring provision of quality seed to farmers, said Syed Muhammad Nasir Ali, Federal Seed Certification and Registration Department…

Sowing of BT cotton begins in Sindh

Sunday, March 31, 2013 KARACHI: The sowing of BT cotton in Thatta, Badin and other coastal areas of lower Sindh has started as these areas are best suited for the crop, sources in the Agriculture Department said on Friday. The BT cotton variety is sown on 85 per cent areas of the province for being resistant to virus and higher yield. The Crop Protection Department has convened a meeting of officials and researchers on April 2, to discuss measures for protecting Kharif crop — rice…

Delay in issuance of certificate: new varieties of Bt cotton may not be available

November 24, 2012 TAHIR AMIN The Federal Seed Certification Department has issued prior warning that new varieties of bio-tech (Bt) Cotton may not be available for the next season due to delay in obtaining commercialisation certificate from the National Bio-safety Committee (NBC), which will cause shortage of standard seeds besides, negatively affecting crop production. Informed sources revealed to BR that in February 2012, Punjab Seed Council (PSC) has approved eight BT Cotton seed…

Prices of agriculture inputs register increase

The prices of different agricultural inputs have registered an increase of 70 to 100 percent during the last five years as compared to only 40-45 percent increase in prices of various produces, said Hasan Ali Chaniho, Director Farmers Associates Pakistan (FAP) and former Agriculture Minister Sindh here on Tuesday. "There is an urgent need of bringing down the input cost of the agricultural sector as high prices are discouraging the use of fertilisers, pesticides and quality seed in…

Agriculture input prices witness 80 to 100 percent increase

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 LAHORE: The prices of different agricultural inputs have registered an increase of 70 percent to 100 percent during the last five years as compared to 40 percent to 45 percent increase in agriculture produce prices, said Hasan Ali Chaniho, director of Farmers Associates Pakistan and former agriculture minister of Sindh, while speaking at a function arranged by the Agricultural Journalists Association at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “There is an…

Future of agriculture growth depends on innovations in biotechnology

November 15, 2012 Agricultural experts, while speaking at a meeting convened by the Farmers Associates Pakistan (FAP), said that developing countries like Pakistan would have to adopt genetically modified/biotech crops in the shortest possible time to ensure food security for rapidly growing population, saying that the future of agriculture growth depends on biotechnology. "The sale of illegal/substandard seeds especially Bt cotton seeds is another important issue that needs…

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