STAFF REPORT IBD: The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) has planned to establish a bio-monitoring cell for certifying efficiency of Bt cotton at Center of Agricultural Biochemistry and Biotechnology (CABB, UAF). Purpose of this initiative is to frame a standardized system for tracing and testing Bt cotton, and to enable cotton growers in the country to sow best quality seed, which is supposed to cost them heavily.

“This has become possible through Bt intervention,” Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan revealed this during the inauguration of a training workshop for testing transgenic crops.

He calling the output of 13.6 million bales that Pakistan reaped this year a big achievement.

He also expressed the hope that the proposed bio-monitoring cell would open up a new service areas for cultivators, seed companies and other stakeholders.

He also informed the workshop that UAF is trying to develop policy papers on Bt cotton neutrally and fearlessly, with a reliance on empirical evidence, for the benefit of the Government and the public at large.

Dr. Masooma Naseer Cheema, conducted a research titled “Present scenario of Bt cotton cultivation in Pakistan and future prospects” to analyze the characteristics of the seed that farmers use believing it to be Bt seeds.

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