Pakistan approves GMO corn for cultivation

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Croplife Asia, a non-profit society and the voice of the region’s plant science industry, has welcomed a federal government decision allowing growers to choose genetically enhanced corn seeds to enable them to produce better crops and reduce overall environmental impact.

“The new agricultural technology will help Pakistan improve the country’s economic outlook, food security and the livelihood of its farmers as growers can produce more by using fewer resources and minimising the impact to the environment,” said CropLife Asia’s Doctor Siang Hee Tan and Sonny Tababa, the organisation’s Executive Director, while addressing a press conference on [July 22].

CropLife Pakistan Executive Director, Muhammad Afzal, was also present. . . .

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“We should continue to use all the tools at our disposal, including biotechnology, to improve Pakistan farmers’ lives and to ensure we meet the community’s expectations of producing quality food and fiber in a safe and sustainable way,” . . . Afzal said. “The government’s approval of insect-protected and herbicide-tolerant corn seeds will not only boost the corn farmer productivity but also encourage future local and international investment in Pakistan’s agricultural sector.”

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