Agriculture scientists, biotechnologists and farmers have said that Pakistan desperately needs innovations like biotechnology to address challenges in agriculture as this technology (biotechnology), the fastest adopted crop technology in the world, is capable of ensuring sufficient food for a rapidly growing population.
“In addition to meeting food security challenge, genetically modified/biotech crops offer multiple economic, crop management, productivity, and environmental benefits. Benefits that these crops offer include, but not limited to, better yields and guarding against insect pests and weeds as well as being cost effective and less labour intensive,”they unanimously said.
They made these observations at a seminar titled “Challenges and Opportunities in Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for Agriculture”. The event was attended by a large number of progressive farmers, media professionals and students of UAF.