Tag: Corn

Govt stops GM corn seeds sale as pressure builds

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: As pressure has started mounting from agricultural scientists and farmers, the government has stopped the commercial sale of genetically modified (GM) corn seeds, in an about-turn after its earlier permission to certain multinational companies to market their seeds, but without meeting the basic criteria. A federal secretary, who was part of a recent meeting held at the Ministry of Climate Change, told the media that the stakeholders present in the huddle decided…Read More

Commercialisation of GM corn seeds allowed sans field trials

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The federal government has granted permission to multinational companies for commercialisation of genetically modified (GM) corn seeds in Pakistan, despite the two senior ministers’ claims in the National Assembly that GM crops would never be allowed in the country. According to sources, the Ministry of Climate Change has awarded licences to different companies including Monsanto and DuPont/Pioneer for the commercialization of GM crops in the country. They…Read More

Commercialisation of 30 GM cotton, corn varieties against rules

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The federal government has approved over 30 varieties of genetically modified (GM) cotton and corn/maize seeds for commercialisation and field test purposes, which is in violation of the rules and quality standards. The approved varieties of Bt cotton seeds contain such low levels of poison that not only do not kill pests that destroy crop production but also build resistance in worms, impacting biodiversity and human health. Laboratory test results show that the…Read More

PARC starts facilitating bio-safety trials for corn

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STAFF REPORT IBD: The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has started facilitating the private sector to conduct bio-safety trials for corn at the NARC. "The application of biotechnology in agriculture has great potential for promoting the efficiency of crop improvement, food production and food security for poverty reduction," said PARC Chairman Dr Iftikhar Ahmad while speaking at the concluding session of the National Workshop on Agricultural Biotechnology…Read More

Issues relating to GM corn trials in Pakistan

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Recently Dupont Pioneer, Monsanto and Syngenta had planted Bt / GM Corn / maize for trials in Pakistan to obtain commercial approval for this biotech crop. Now the trials have been destroyed as required by current regulatory framework. To date no proper law exists to regulate GM crops in Pakistan at the provincial level. As directed by Federal Ministry of Law, after 18th constitutional amendment in Pakistan, provinces should be dealing with this issue and not federal government. Thus a…Read More

Local production of sun-flower, soyabean, corn stressed

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan is self-sufficient in food, cotton and sugar, however, even then we have to spend precious foreign exchange of billions of rupees on the import of edible oil."We should evolve modern varieties of edible seeds of sun-flower, corn, soyabean, Jojoba, rapeseed and Cassamba to save Rs 200 billion precious foreign exchange,’ said Federal Minister for Food Security and Research Alhaj Sikandar Hayat Bosan while talking to media here.He said that research-based technical…Read More

Claims on GM cotton, corn crops yields increase st and exposed

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article image Paras Ali THOUGH PAKISTAN has the privilege of producing the cotton of international quality, which has the potential to earn a huge foreign exchange, yet its per acre yield (productivity) has not shown any significant progress for the last over five years despite the national seed companies had introduced genetically modified (Bt) cotton in the country. Unluckily, multinational companies could not succeed in introducing this crucial productive technology to Pakistan. The…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

Testing Aquamax, Artesian technologies for corn

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PIONEER SEED Company (Dupont) and Syngenta have developed the Aquamax and Artesian technologies to develop drought tolerant Corn.These technologies have been developed using the Old school’ germ plasm breeding techniques. Monsanto on the other hand is working to develop Droughtgard’ which depends on genetic modification and maybe available in 2013-14 and is likely to be more expensive than Pioneer or Syngenta. It is noted that Drought tolerant’ technology still requires water and thus…Read More

Propag and a on GM Corn

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REFERENCE TO the current debate of GM crop in Pakistan, I found that Pioneer, Syngenta and Monsanto make the following claims with reference to introduction of GM/Bt Corn in our country:1. Corn yields will increase2. Pesticide usage reduction will occur3.  Economic benefit to Pakistani farmersThe questions that regulators, farmers, media and decision-makers need to ask in this regard are;a.  Agricultural departments should publicly share Corn/Maize production data since 1999 to-date to…Read More

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