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Use Biotechnology in Pakistan To Avert Food Shortage, Say Experts

May 27, 2011

Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, director of the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) in Pakistan, said that the country needs to develop a strategy or a plan of action on the use of biotechnology in the agricultural sector. This will overcome the food shortage facing the country, said Choudhary in a lecture held at the ICCBS auditorium on the current political and social situation in the country and the acute food shortage.

Choudhary added that militancy, extremism, and natural disasters have resulted in a sharp decline in food security despite the fact that national food production has largely increased and could feed Pakistan's 180 million people. Considering this issue, proper use of biotechnology in agriculture sector could bring rapid development in the country by careful use of biotech crops for the future, he added.

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In related developments,  speakers at a seminar on "Implementation of the Bio-safety Protocols" held at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) said that  Pakistan is lagging behind in the implementation of biotechnology despite cultivating Bt cotton. One of the speakers, UAF Vice Chancellor Iqrar Ahmed Khan noted that: "There is need to adopt modern techniques and to take measures to decrease the cost of crop production." 

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