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Pakistani scientist claims biotechnology key to feed undernourished nation

| | November 8, 2016
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To overcome food insecurity in the country, it is direly needed to draw plans to start using biotechnology in the agriculture sector on a widespread level. The government should adopt policies in this regard on an emergency basis so that biotech crops could be made available at a time of food shortage in the markets

These views were expressed [by the] director of the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi, Professor Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, while talking to The News….

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Professor Iqbal Choudhary claimed that erratic rainfall was causing the food [in]security…. He highlighted that small land holdings, poor water management practices, drought, frequent pest attacks, non-availability of high yielding seeds, and salinity were the key problems faced by the agriculture sector in Pakistan.

He also stated that changing weather pattern or climate change was grossly affecting the agriculture productivity. “Keeping all these situations in mind, we should try biotechnology commercially because the biotechnology crops were capable to contribute in increasing crop productivity.”

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