Biotech Maize to Boost Maize Supply in Pakistan

According to a study, the commercialization of biotech maize in Pakistan is expected to boost the maize productivity in the country. It is projected that the rapid adoption of biotech maize in Pakistan beginning in 2019 will deliver around US$1 billion additional benefits to farmers, laborers, brokers, and grains industry in the next 10-year period.

In 2016, single and stacked biotech maize – expressing insect resistance and herbicide tolerance traits were officially approved for commercial cultivation by the National Bio-safety Committee (NBC) of the Ministry of Climate Change (MOCC). As part of the regulatory requirement for varietal registration by the Federal Seed Certification and Registration Department, Ministry of National Food Security and Research in 2017-18, the field performance trials of biotech maize hybrids were conducted.

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This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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