GMO crops could help Pakistan tap its agricultural ‘true potential’

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[Lahore, the capital city of the Pakistani province of Punjab and its] Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has called to adopt modern technologies for agriculture sector to avoid post harvest losses and to enhance agri-production.

[Agriculture] continues to be the single largest and dominant driving force for growth as well as the main source of livelihood for 66% of Pakistan’s population. But it has always faced two major problems: first, productions per acre are lower than many countries. Secondly, around 40% of production is wasted in the form of post-harvest losses due to insufficient utilization of biotechnology.

[The LCCI office-bearers] would have to focus on genetically modified and hybrid crops to tap true potential of agricultural productivity in the country. While stressing the need for establishment of institutes both at provincial and federal levels for creating awareness among the farming community about Genetically Modified (GM) technology, they said that sustainability and improvement in crops yield are the major challenges to meet upcoming threats of increasing population and depleting water resources.

The LCCI office-bearers urged the government to patronize scientists working for the technology promotion and [new technological solutions] in the country.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: LCCI for adopting new technologies for agriculture sector

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