Biotech in Pakistan reached an all-time high in 2017

According to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), Pakistan has achieved a 96 percent adoption rate of Bt cotton, or 3 million hectares of the national total area planted to cotton which was 3.11 million hectares. Around 725,000 smallholder cotton farmers in Pakistan planted and benefitted from Bt cotton in 2017. It was evaluated that the economic gains from Bt cotton in Pakistan for 2010 to 2016 were $4.8 billion, and $483 million for 2016 alone.
Since 2010, IR cotton has been consistently adopted by cotton farmers in Pakistan. In 2007, IR cotton cultivation in Pakistan reached an all-time high of 3 million hectares. During the 48th meeting of the Punjab Provincial Seed Council (PSC) in March 2017, four additional varieties of IR cotton expressing the cry1Ac gene were approved.  Single and stacked IR/HT maize varieties were approved for commercial cultivation in 2016. In 2017, field performance trials of IR/IHT maize hybrids were orchestrated as part of the regulatory stipulation for varietal registration. A new research in 2017 examined the effectiveness of IR cotton and evaluated the impacts of IR cotton on profitability, productivity, and farm inputs in Pakistan. Biotech in Pakistan reached an all-time high in 2017.
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