Biotechnology can help achieve food security: minister

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Lahore (PR): Pakistan Biotechnology Information Center (PABIC) Lahore Chapter published a booklet on the “Current Status of Agricultural Biotechnology in Pakistan by Dr. Kauser Abdulla Malik” and in collaboration with Forman Christian College University (FCCU). Book launching held virtually.

The launch was virtually attended by scientists, policymakers, and representatives from leading biotech institutes, academia, crop science industry, farmers and other stakeholders.

In his introductory presentation, Dr. Kauser Malik, Dean of Postgraduate studies FCCU and Director of PABIC, told that this booklet documents all the ongoing research projects being funded by major funding agencies of the country. In addition, brief description of ongoing researches at some of the major institutions has been presented. The main objective is to enable the researchers working in agricultural biotechnology to know the work which their colleagues in other institutions are doing.

Dr. Farzana Altaf Shah, Director PAK- EPA; also reiterated the importance of adopting biotechnology to grow enough food for a growing population while using less resources. She also urged the government ministries and departments to support policies and reforms backed by science rather than disinformation and anti-science propaganda.

The Chief Guest, Mr. Hussain Jahania Gardezi, Punjab Agriculture Minister, reinforced that Biotechnology is a tool available to improve food security problem and reducing poverty. The application of biotechnology by Pakistani farmers would not only result in enhancing productivity but would also help in addressing food security challenges faced by the country.

“Food Security is as important as national Security. I believe that a bipartisan approach is required to ensure the continuity of the efforts and policies made to achieve these objectives.” Minister stated.