Biotech Updates

GM Crops Aid Transition of Pakistan from Subsistence to Commercial Farming

July 17, 2019

At a recent CropLife Pakistan Association event, local farmers expressed their support for GM crops as the performance of GM maize hybrids in the field was displayed. They demonstrated their sentiments about biotechnology, particularly how it helped improve their profitability through reduced input cost and improved yields.

The National Uniform Yield Trials (NUYT) conducted by the Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) showed the improvements of biotech maize hybrids in terms of yield increasing from 10 to 45 percent as compared to conventional hybrids. In addition, over the past 20 years that Pakistan's maize production shifted from conventional to hybrid, the country already experienced a four-fold yield increase. The occasion was also used as an avenue to educate farmers and journalists about the safety of GM crops and their yield advantages.

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