A consultative meeting was held between the Ministry of National Food Security & Research (MNFSR) and members of the plant science industry, represented by CropLife Pakistan, to discuss the commercialization of GM maize.
The meeting was chaired by the Minister for National Food Security & Research. Speaking on the occasion, the Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security stated that the adoption of biotechnology was in line with Government policies and that the Ministry was open to its use for the uplift of Pakistan’s agriculture sector. However, being a policy maker, it was the Ministry’s responsibility to examine all the facts that have been presented by key stakeholders.
The CropLife delegation provided an overview of the Maize crop in Pakistan, revealing that the average yields across Punjab has increased from 14 maunds per acre to 60 maunds per acre over the past twenty years almost exclusively through efforts of multinational companies that have invested in research, technology and farmer education.