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Crop Biotech Update

Report: Pakistan Achieves Biotech All-Time High in 2017

November 28, 2018

In 2017, the eighth year of planting Bt cotton in Pakistan, the country achieved 96 percent adoption rate of Bt cotton, or 3 million hectares of the national total area planted to cotton which was 3.11 million hectares.

A publication by the International Society for Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences (ISSAAS) states that 725,000 smallholder cotton farmers in Pakistan planted and benefited from Bt cotton in 2017. The increase in Bt cotton area in Pakistan in 2017 was possible through the introduction of a substantial support package for farmers, including fertilizer subsidies, reduced loan interest rates, and other measures introduced by the government of Pakistan.

The recent Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) reports that Pakistan is one of the 24 countries that planted biotech crops in 2017.

For more, read the article in Pakistan Today.