Crop Biotech Update

USDA FAS-GAIN Reports Agri-biotech Updates in Pakistan

April 4, 2018

The USDA FAS Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) released updates on the status of agricultural biotechnology in Pakistan.

According to the report, Pakistan continues to make significant progress towards the implementation of a complete biotechnology and seed regulatory structure which is expected to drive the introduction of new seed technologies. The 2005 Federal Biosafety Rules, which approve applications of introduction of new technologies, resumed operation in 2016 after a four-year hiatus, and then continued into 2017. There were new rules implemented in 2016, which involve the private sector. Additional rules are currently being drafted for an intellectual property regulation.

To date, only two biotech cotton events are commercialized for planting in the country, which was informally introduced a number of years ago. The report concluded that Pakistan is a vital importer, exporter, and producer of biotech cotton.

Read the report from USDA FAS-GAIN.