STAFF REPORT IBD: The government is committed to promoting bio-technology for crop productivity enhancement and food security in the country and it has established bio-technology departments, at more than 90 per cent universities to create awareness and utility of modern bio-technological crops among the youth in the country.

This was expressed by State Minister for National Food Security and Research, Sardar Moazzam Ali Jatoi, while addressing the concluding session of a three-day SAARC Regional Conference titled “New Frontiers in Agricultural Genomic and Biotechnology” held here last week.

The event was organized by Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and National Institute for Genomic and Advance Biotechnology with an aim to highlight the food security issue and seek possible solutions to the food scarcity.

Secretary National Food Security and Research, Abdul Basit, said in his address that he government is facilitating the research institutes of Pakistan for the development of collaboration with international public and private research organizations.

DG NARC, Dr. Sharif said that livestock is one of the major income generating resources of rural community in the region and called for research on the use of bio technology tools for promotion livestock sector in order to increase milk and meat production and disease management.

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