US Consulate partners with Balochistan’s agri-community to fight climate change

Staff Reporter

The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi partnered with the District Agriculture Headquarter at Lasbela to host a seminar on agricultural biotechnology and climate change.

The seminar brought together lead-ing landowners and farmers to discuss their role in climate-smart farming practices and supporting agricultural innovation in Pakistan.

The Deputy Director General of the Agriculture Extension Balochistan delivered keynote remarks, saying “agriculture is one of the most important sectors in Balochistan, but we need more innova-tion, including agricultural biotechnology, to in-crease crop yields in a sustainable way.”

Dr. Muhammad Fahim Abbas in the Department of Plant Pathology at the Faculty of Agriculture Las-bela University of Agriculture, Water & Marine Sciences presented on Pakistan’s experience with climate change and agricultural biotechnology, in-cluding applications for potatoes and bananas.

He said, “the role of biotechnology in agriculture is one of the most reliable answers to mitigate climate change through the process of energy-efficient farming, carbon sequestration, reduced synthetic fertilizer usage, and application of nano-biotechnology.”

The seminar also included remarks from Dr. Evanega, a research professor in Cornell Univer-sity’s Department of Global Development and the Director of the Alliance for Science. Dr. Evanega said “biotechnology and genetic engineering will be a key tool in our efforts to produce the food that we need while also addressing climate change.”

Dr. Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, a professor at the University of Missouri, presented on the importance of agricultural biotechnology for the agricultural sector, saying “studies show that biotechnology improves farm profitability by 50 percent” and that adoption of biotechnology is “driven by this profit-ability, which supports farms, the agricultural sec-tor, and the economy as a whole.”

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