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Pakistan 4th biggest user of Bt cotton seeds

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Bt cotton is being cultivated on 83 per cent of the total sowing area under the crop in Pakistan, which the fourth biggest user of Bt cotton seeds in the world. "The Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) seeds are sown mostly in Punjab (82.65pc) and Sindh (83.23pc)," said Federal Textile Minister Abbas Khan Afridi told the National Assembly during the current session. He said that the gene used in local varieties was Mon 531 or Cry1AC, and its patent had expired,…Read More

Future of Bt cotton in Pakistan

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Cotton is grown in more than 100 countries of the world. In Pakistan cotton is the big source for economic growth. From cotton, we obtained a surplus amount of foreign exchange in the form of cotton lint, yarn, garments and cloths which accounts for more than 6 per cent in GDP share. Cotton textile exports embrace more over $7.3 billion to the national economy which is 2/3rd of the country export earnings. Seed of cotton is an important source of food for livestock and humans. Millions of…Read More

Bollworms develop resistance against Bt cotton crop

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article image ISLAMABAD: Farmers and agriculture scientists are alarmed by the destructive attack of bollworms this year that seem to have developed resistance against the genetically-modified (GM) cotton crop. The surprise comes especially when different species of bollworms, such as American, Pink and Spotted bollworm, were supposed to be eradicated after feasting on the GM Bt cotton crop. Instead, these destructive pests have attacked a major cotton growing belt in Southern Punjab, this year. …Read More

Bt cottons new varieties may be unavailable

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: 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 mainly due to the delay in obtaining commercialisation certificate from the National Bio-safety Committee (NBC), which will cause shortage of standard seeds besides, negatively affecting crop production in Pakistan."In February 2012, the Punjab Seed Council (PSC) had approved eight BT Cotton seed varieties in addition to…Read More

Bt Corn in Pakistan: Unanswered questions

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WE KEEP hearing that introduction of Genetically Modified (GM) or Bt Corn in Pakistan will provide the following benefits:•  Increase Corn yields•  Reduce Pesticide usage•  Financial benefit for farmersHowever, the following questions remain un-answered;•  To-date, no seed company or government institution has bothered to address the issue of cross-pollination contamination or its prevention due to Bt Corn in Pakistan.•  Corn/Maize production data since the year 2000 to date. This…Read More

Bio-monitoring cell to test Bt cotton in Pakistan

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) has planned to establish a bio-monitoring cell for certifying efficiency of Bt cotton at Center of Agricultural Biochemistry and Biotechnology (CABB, UAF). Purpose of this initiative is to frame a standardized system for tracing and testing Bt cotton, and to enable cotton growers in the country to sow best quality seed, which is supposed to cost them heavily."This has become possible through Bt intervention," Vice…Read More

UN urges Pakistan to subsidise agriculture Wheat, sugarcane under threat due to Bt Cotton

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The growing cultivation of Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT) cotton, especially in Punjab, has decreased the area under wheat and sugarcane cultivation due to relatively longer germination period of BT cotton."BT cotton is gaining popularity in Punjab and its growing cultivation is having a negative impact on other crops particularly wheat and sugarcane because of long germination period of BT cotton. Normal cotton takes about six months to BT cotton's 10 months," an…Read More

Tackling the fallout of Bt Cotton

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The observation that BT Cotton sowing area especially in Punjab is regularly on the rise at the cost of wheat and sugarcane mainly due to the longer germination period of this variety of cotton is something that must not going unnoticed on the part of the agriculture managers as this factor would trigger to much extent the food security issue in the country which is already experiencing a critical situation in terms of severe water shortage for agriculture purposes and low yields. The government…Read More

Bt Corn in Pakistan – Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed case

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ABOUT ONE year back, the Biotech regulatory process in Pakistan was jolted due to the issues surrounding Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed’s conduct with reference to Monsanto’s Bt Corn recommendation case in the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). It had been admitted by Monsanto Pakistan that the report had been prepared by it as per instructions received!The relevant news story was published in national newspaper, titled: "Foreign company speaks on GM corn field trials".Even after the passage…Read More

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Puzzling field trial of Bt corn

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article image By Ashfak BokhariALTHOUGH PUNJAB has refused to accept Monsanto’s strange demand for protection of intellectual property rights of its Bt cotton seeds, it is amazing that one of its regulators, the technical advisory body of the National Bio-Safety Committee, has reportedly allowed the company to go ahead with a field trial of its Bt corn.The two decisions are in clash with each other as a matter of policy. The refusal to protect IPRs of Monsanto’s GM cotton seeds is understandable for,…Read More

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