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Crop Biotech Update

ISAAA Brief 51 Launched in Pakistan

June 29, 2016

The Pakistan Biotechnology Information Center (PABIC) organized the launch of ISAAA Brief 51 20th Anniversary (1996 to 2015) of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops and Biotech Crop Highlights in 2015 at the Latif Ebrahim National Science Information Center, University of Karachi, Pakistan, on June 20, 2016.

The launch was attended by more than 120 researchers, media representatives, and university faculty. The speakers included Mr. Sardar Atif Sultan (Chief Executive Officer, Cantonment Board Malir, Karachi), Prof. Dr. Ghulam Sarwar Markhand, (Director Date Palm Research Institute, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Sindh), and Prof. Dr. Abdul Razak Mahar (Chairman, Department of Botany Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Sindh) and PABIC Director Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary. Prof. Choudhary presented the important facts and figures from ISAAA Brief 51.

The speakers emphasized the need for swift implementation of agri-biotech applications in Pakistan to meet the food, feed, and fiber needs of the growing population, adding that those are the most important human needs from the agriculture sector. They said that agriculture will remain as the most important sector in Pakistan's economy. The  media representative appreciated the role of ISAAA and PABIC for the distribution of information on crop biotechnology.

For updates on agri-biotech in Pakistan, visit the PABIC website.