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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

Hasty approval of GM crops

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Most recently, Senate Committee has approved a bill regarding introduction of genetically modified (GM) crops in Pakistan. This development has the potential to deteriorate the already waning agriculture yields along with other negative impacts on environment as GM crops launch in the country has received sharp criticism from the stakeholders. This controversy is likely to persist as the law allows the import and commercialization of GM crops, which many agricultural and environmental experts…Read More

Microsoft GM sees potential in IT sector

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STAFF REPORT KHI: Microsoft General Manager of North Africa, East-Mediterranean and Pakistan Region, Leila Serhan, has said that there is huge potential in the Information Technology (IT) sector in Pakistan and hoped that this sector would grow dramatically in just two to three years. Leila, while talking to media in Islamabad, said that the Microsoft is bringing a strategy of mobile first, cloud first to Pakistan and "we see tremendous opportunities for individuals, businesses, and…Read More

Dilemma of GM seeds

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Recent approval of the Seed Act Amendment Bill 2014 by the Cabinet and National Assembly standing committee has not only strengthened the apprehensions that a plan has been made to mix and later completely replace local seeds with genetically modified (GM) seeds but also raised serious questions about the quality of future of agriculture in the country. This seed replacement plan, rather a conspiracy has been hatched by the leading international seed companies especially Monsanto, Syngenta…Read More

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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

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

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

Govt decides to introduce labelling GM foods

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The government has decided to introduce labelling of genetically modified (GM) food in the country in order to protect consumers from malpractices of producers and suppliers of bio-technology products.Through this initiative the farmers would be given a choice whether to consume GM or non-GM food, an official of the agriculture ministry told this scribe.It is to be mentioned here that the international rules for labelling of GM food vary considerably. Some countries are in the…Read More

Important questions regarding GM – Maize/Corn in Pakistan

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By Dr. Maria ShwebaGENETICALLY MODIFIED (GM) or Bt Corn/Maize trials are being held in Pakistan since 2009-10. The process has not gained public attention but the following questions now need to be asked from promoters of the GM corn/maize because a food crop is being commercialized in Pakistan and it seems we have not prepared for this. The following questions for the decision makers at Federal and provincial level need to be answered in the public interest:Although European Union (EU) has…Read More