Govt stops GM corn seeds sale as pressure builds




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

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Commercialisation of GM corn seeds allowed sans field trials




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

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Farmers given free fertilizers, low-priced veggie seeds


STAFF REPORT MULTAN: The Punjab government has provided free fertilizers and pesticides besides vegetables seeds at low price to farmers for cultivation of vegetables at 687 demonstration plots in the province.

Exactly 312 open field plots and 375 tunnel farms are being cultivated for potato, tomato, onion, chili and garlic and quality seed of these vegetables was provided to farmers in cooperation with Punjab Seed Corporation (PSC), said the Punjab Agriculture Department.

Under this

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PAD initiative to distribute free Disease Resistant wheat seeds to growers


STAFF REPORT FAISALABAD: The Punjab Agriculture Department (PAD) has decided to distribute free of cost wheat seed to 23,838 growers in the province. The Punjab government has allocated an amount of Rs 300 million for this programme. The balloting method will be adapted to enlist the growers who will be provided with the wheat seeds.

This was divulged by Senior Official of PAD. He said that each enlisted farmer will be provided with free 200 kilogram seed for cultivation of wheat at area

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PAD initiative to distribute free Disease Resistant wheat seeds to growers


STAFF REPORT FAISALABAD: The Punjab Agriculture Department (PAD) has decided to distribute free of cost wheat seed to 23,838 growers in the province. The Punjab government has allocated an amount of Rs 300 million for this programme. The balloting method will be adapted to enlist the growers who will be provided with the wheat seeds.

This was divulged by Senior Official of PAD. He said that each enlisted farmer will be provided with free 200 kilogram seed for cultivation of wheat at area

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The dynamics and potential of Oil Seeds in Pakistan




IN PAKISTAN, there is less established cropping system for oilseed crops. Most of the area under major crops is situated in Indus basin. The major crops in the existing cropping system are wheat, cotton, rice and maize. However, some pockets for sunflower such as rice-sunflower-rice and cotton-sunflower-cotton are emerging. Currently, 0.754 million ha of the total cropped area are under oilseed crops are Sunflower Rapeseed – Mustard, Sesame, Groundnut, Linseed, Safflower, Soybean and

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