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Pakistan suspends GMO corn imports, field trials to protect crop exports from ‘contamination’

| | July 16, 2019
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Pakistan has imposed a ban on further trials of Genetically Modified (GM) maize for [an] unspecified period in a bid to avoid natural crop contamination that can subsequently hurt maize exports, an official statement said.

It has been intimated through official correspondence that all biosafety licenses [for the] import and field trials of GM corn in the country [have] been suspended along with all related activities.

After slapping a ban on [importation] of GM corn seeds and other associated activities, [the government said] trials of bio-engineered maize will come to a standstill.

Earlier, [the] Ministry of National Food Security & Research after holding extensive consultation with stakeholders [issued] a verdict against granting permission to [plant] genetically engineered crops. [The] government will not allow the use of biotechnology for developing seeds of food crops.

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During the consultation, most of the stakeholders were of the view that there was no significant yield increase or reduction in production cost by adopting the GM seeds.

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