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Agricultural Scientists in Pakistan Urged to Develop Biotech Varieties

May 16, 2008

The goal of self-sufficiency and food security can not be achieved without introducing high yielding varieties of agricultural products. It is the national duty of breeders and agricultural scientists to develop hybrids and new varieties developed from biotechnology. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor of the University of Agriculture Faisalabad in Pakistan, shared these thoughts and his concerns over the declining trend of agricultural system in the country.

Dr.Khan added that India has enhanced its cotton production from 10 million bales to 30 million bales within a few years but that Pakistan was now lagging behind with 12 million bales to 10 million bales. He proposed that an agricultural council should be established at a national level like other organizations, i.e. Pakistan Engineering Council, and Pakistan Medical Council so that  agricultural scientists could get due recognition. He said that the HEC and the Ministry of Science and Technology will provide Rs. 466.155 million for development.

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