Bio-monitoring cell to test Bt cotton in Pakistan

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.

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“This has become possible through Bt intervention,” Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan revealed this during the inauguration of a training workshop for testing transgenic crops.

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He calling the output of 13.6 million bales that Pakistan reaped this year a big achievement.

He also expressed the hope that the proposed bio-monitoring cell would open up a new service areas for cultivators, seed companies and other stakeholders.

He also informed the workshop that UAF is trying to develop policy papers on Bt cotton neutrally and fearlessly, with a reliance on empirical evidence, for the benefit of the Government and the public at large.

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Dr. Masooma Naseer Cheema, conducted a research titled “Present scenario of Bt cotton cultivation in Pakistan and future prospects” to analyze the characteristics of the seed that farmers use believing it to be Bt seeds.

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