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PABIC and ICCBS Hold ISAAA Report Launch

August 2, 2017

The ISAAA report, (Brief 52Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2016, was launched in Pakistan in an event organized by the Pakistan Biotechnology Information Center (PABIC) in collaboration with International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (ICCBS). The report launch was conducted during the inaugural ceremony of SINO-Pak Hybrid Rice Research Center at ICCBS, University of Karachi on July 26, 2017. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ajmal Khan and Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman jointly launched the 52nd annual report of ISAAA.

PABIC Director, Prof. M. Iqbal Choudhary discussed highlights of the ISAAA report as well as the achievements of Pakistan in the field, being the seventh largest biotech country in the world. On the other hand, Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman emphasized the need for swift adoption of agri-biotech applications in Pakistan to meet the food, fodder, and fiber needs for the growing population.

The ceremony was also attended by His Excellency Wang Yu, Consul General of China in Karachi and six member delegation of Chinese National Rice Research Center (CNRRI), Hangzhou - China, comprised of Prof. Dr. Cheng Shihua, Director General CNRRI, Prof. Dr. Zhuang Jieyun, Deputy-Director CNRRI, Prof. Dr. Wu Jianli, Dr. Wang Kejian, Professor, Dr. LuoJu, and Dr. ZhengYouchuan.

For more details about the event, contact Dr. Sammer Yousuf (dr.sammer.yousuf@gmail.com).