Gondal emphasizes need of early launching of Bt cotton-seed

Post Source: Daily Mail News

By Tariq Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD—Federal Food and Agriculture Minister Mr.Nazar Muhammad Gondal emphasized the need of early launching of Bt cotton-seed but after taking all precautionary measures and field tests. The Minister was chairing 4th meeting of steering committee for development of Bt cotton in collaboration with Monsanto.
The Minister was told that the MoU with Monsanto is in law division for wetting. The Minister asked to speed up the issue with law ministry. The meeting was told that this year we are expecting cotton cultivated on area of 78 lac acres, which is 8 lac acres more than previous year. The meeting told that hopefully after finalization of MoU with Monsanto in next year we will get 20% of our cotton cultivated area under Bt cotton seed. The Minister asked the scientists to take in depth research on cotton leave virus, which is damaging cotton crop on large area. The Minister said that our textile industry is backbone of our economy and introduction of modern seed technology in cotton will give a boast not only to farmers but to industry as well.
The Minister said that government accords high priority to Agriculture and striving hard to turn this sector into competitive and profitable. The Minister said that we cannot eradicate poverty without strengthening rural economy and the present regime is committed to this cause. The Minister said that we will not allow anyone to exploit farmers and will only adopt technology conducive to our own environment. The Minister said that whenever PPP came into power it worked for the poor farmers and downtrodden Sections of society. Textile Minister Rana Farooq Ahmed also present in the meeting.
While expressing his views regarding cotton, he said that it is the great honor for us because Pakistan is fourth largest producer and 3rd largest user of cotton.
He told the delegation that due to energy crisis and other problems like quota system, textile sector has been effected adversely. However, he said, the government of PPP was giving extra ordinary concentration on boosting the textile sector.
The government is taking immediate measures to overcome energy crisis which is effecting every sector of our economy, he added. The farmers apprised that Minister about different problems faced by them. Rana Farooq assured them that agriculture is top priority of the government. The government will provide all possible facilities to the farmers, he added.


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