Pakistan 4th biggest user of Bt cotton seeds

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,

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Govt set to import cotton seeds despite ban

STAFF REPORT ISB: The federal government is opening doors for introducing various varieties of cotton seeds produced by foreign firms despite a ban on their import.
The Plant Quarantine Act 1976 prohibits the import of any kind of cotton seed, both genetically modified (GMO) and non-genetically modified.
The Act also prohibits the import of cotton from America and states. "American cotton shall not be imported into Pakistan by any means except with a special permission. No

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Dilemma of GM seeds

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

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Ginners call for provision of quality seeds to farmers

STAFF REPORT MULTAN: The Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) has urged the government to provide trade-friendly atmosphere to foreign investors and multi-nationals as assured by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, so that well-germinated, certified and disease resistant seed is supplied to the cotton growers.
"Pakistan is emerging as a leading lucrative country for investment because of provision of one-window facility to investors in all sectors, including energy, to help

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Hybrid seeds usage can boost farm production

STAFF REPORT FSD:Pakistani farmers can recover the declining productivity, estimated at 50 per cent of total production, with the help of large-scale planting of hybrid seeds and modern farming techniques and equipment.

According to leading agriculture experts, conventional farming cannot change financial conditions of the farmers as it is possible only through adoption of modern techniques.

Currently, growers are getting approximately 50 per cent less per acre yield when compared

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Seeds that dont sustain themselves

Seed has a history as long as the human beings claim for themselves. The human history started with planting seeds and cultivating soon on a larger scale. Seed was the source that helped human existence thus leading to this level of population and expansion.

Most of us are unaware of the reality that the food (either plant or animal source) we eat these days is not the same as our ancestors used few decades ago. The genetics of almost every crop has been changed either by breeding or

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UAE VC for growing oil seeds, pulses

STAFF REPORT FSD: Vice Chancellor of University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) Iqrar Ahmad Khan has said that Pakistan needs to grow oil seeds and pulses to help alleviate poverty.

"There is a desperate need for creating awareness among farmers about latest technologies as it would help them enhance their per acre yield. Pakistan has a lot of room for development in oil seed and pulses," said the VC while addressing a meeting of deans and directors at the university campus.

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Investment in seeds market to boost farm yields

STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakistan’s agriculture seed market is worth almost $1500 million and it has huge potential and opportunities for investors. DG Federal Seed Certification and Registration, Syed Muhammad Nasir Ali expressed these views while recently talking to media.

He said that investment in agriculture seed and supply of certified seed was important not only to boost agriculture sector but also overall economy of the country.

He said the value of seed produced in Pakistan

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Hybrid seeds can bring green revolution

STAFF REPORT FSD: Terming corn a profitable crop for farmers, agricultural experts have advised farmers to use best quality corn hybrid seeds to increase the production, saying that private sector needs to be encouraged to introduce new seed varieties so that crop’s productivity could be enhanced.

They expressed these views during their recent visit to a hybrid corn field trial site, which serves as a learning centre for farmers in Gojra, Punjab. The visit was organised by Monsanto

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Turkey to extend help in producing quality seeds

STAFF REPORT FBD: Turkey will help Pakistan in producing quality seeds and the agriculture scientists of both countries will get benefits from the research of each other in this connection.

"Farmers are facing lack of availability of certified seeds which is leaving a negative impact on the overall production graph," said a spokesman of the Agriculture Department while talking to media.

He said that non-certified seed was causing decrease in the per acre yield and added that

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