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Govt set to import cotton seeds despite ban

Dec 29, 2014 - Jamal Shahid - ISLAMABAD(dawn): The federal government is opening doors for introducing various varieties of cotton seeds produced by foreign firms despite a ban on their import. The Plant Quarantine Act 1976 prohibits the import of any kind of cotton seed, both genetically modified (GMO) and non-genetically modified. The Act also prohibits the import of cotton from America and states. “American cotton shall not be imported into Pakistan by any means except…

Farmers flay ministers’ ‘black marketing’

November 13, 2014 MULTAN(nation): The Pakistan Kissan Ittehad on Wednesday accused various ministers and ginners of fleecing the cotton growers, hurling a threat to kick off a protest drive from Lahore on November 17 if the financial loss faced by the farmers were not compensated forthwith. Addressing a news conference here along with other office-bearers, PKI President Khalid Mehmood alleged that the government ministers are involved in the black-marketing and profiteering of the…

Court stops regulator from issuing licences for ‘modified’ seeds

Jamal Shahid- dawn ISLAMABAD: The Lahore High Court has ordered the federal government to stop issuing licences for genetically-modified (GM) varieties of cotton or corn until a legal framework is put into place to assess the new types of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that are fast cropping up every day. The decision effectively halts and prohibits the supply and sale of fresh GM seeds in Pakistan including pest-resistant strains of Bt cotton and Bt corn. These…

SAP asked to provide high quality seeds

April 16, 2014 Punjab Minister for Food Bilal Yaseen has asked the Seed Association of Pakistan (SAP) to provide high quality seeds for the next wheat crop. He said this while talking to a delegation of the SAP which called on him at his office on Tuesday. The delegation was led by the Secretary General Tahir Majeed (Retd), senior members Syed Hassan Raza and Chaudhry Bilal Ahmad. The minister assured that the government would remove all the hurdles to get best wheat crop. However, he…

Scientists review cotton research

April 15, 2014- APP MULTAN - Cotton scientists from across Pakistan assembled here Monday for a three-day marathon meeting to discuss results from research projects carried out last year and finalize a cotton research strategy for year 2014-15.Cotton Commissioner Dr Khalid Abdullah, who is also vice-president of PCCC, chaired the opening session of the meeting at CCRI Multan and said that national research bodies and the private sector should work together to increase cotton production and…

Punjab starts selling unapproved cotton seeds

Jamal Shahid ISLAMABAD: The Punjab government has started selling genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds that have never been field tested in Pakistan and approved for commercialisation. The move can have a negative impact on the crop production besides posing risks to the export of cotton products, especially to the western countries under the EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) Plus status granted to Pakistan. Under the bio-safety guidelines 2005, all GM organisms should be…

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…

Vegetable seeds: PAD increases target of distribution

October 12, 2013 Punjab Agriculture Department (PAD), keeping in view the popularity of 'Kitchen Gardening' scheme, has increased the target of distribution of vegetables seed packets for the Rabi season from 30,000 to 100,000 packets. According to the PAD sources, the department has also decided to expand the ambit of this programme across province due to its popularity. They said that promotion of kitchen gardening is essential to resolve the issues of health being faced by the masses.…

Irradiated Seeds Combat World’s Most Serious Wheat Disease

In Kenya, two new varieties of wheat are resistant to a fungus that defeated even Norman Borlaug's resistant plants. Kenyan farmers last week got a first look at two new varieties of wheat that are resistant to the number-one threat to worldwide wheat production. They got to see resistant and non-resistant wheat side by side in fields. The Kenyan government is also giving away the first batch of seeds—six metric tons of it—to seed producers, in hopes their fields will serve as visual…

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