Benefits of GM maize technology showcased

Crop Life Pakistan Association proclaimed the Value Assessment trial of Genetically Modified (GM) maize seed technology. The event was to exhibit benefits of biotechnology and allocates relevant stakeholders with an opportunity to observe first-hand the performance of the GM maize hybrids in the field. The event emphasized the importance of cultivating GM maize in Pakistan, it is important to move from subsistence farming practices to more technologically advanced commercial farming. Muhammad Asim, chair, Crop Life Pakistan Biotech, and Seed Committee briefed the media on the importance of adopting biotechnology for Pakistan. Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) in National Uniform Yield Trials (NUYT) has notice yield advantage between 10% and 45% for biotech maize hybrids against traditional hybrids. Globally, the countries that have embrace biotechnology have witnessed an appreciable increase in average yields. The US, for example, improved its average yield by 56% while the average maize crop yields of Brazil and the Philippines have also increased by 102% and 72%, respectively. On the occasion, he added. “Biotechnology is the ideal tool for farmers to improve their profitability through reduced input cost and improved yields,” said Muhammad Munir.
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