Debate on imported Bt cotton
MULTAN: The farming community of southern Punjab gave a
mixed reaction to a Punjab government’s decision to drop a
proposal of introducing certified imported seed of Bt cotton
in collaboration with Monsanto.
Former Speaker and a progressive farmer Syed Fakhar Imam
said that the Punjab government should bring this issue for
discussion in its committee on food, agriculture and
livestock and a decision be taken after reviewing all
aspects of the matter.
He said earlier Monsanto held negotiations with the federal
government and after passing of 18th amendment, Monsanto
signed a memorandum of understanding with the Punjab
“China signed such agreements with various countries during
the last one decade. They have signed agreement with China
in 1996, later with Australia and with in India in 2002. We
can sign such agreements but after reviewing all aspects of
the matter,” he said.
He said if scientists are in a position to introduce
varieties that could increase per acre yield, there is no
need for such an agreement.
“Varieties with resistance against mealybug, sucking bug,
cotton leaf curl virus and many other pests that cause
damage to the cotton crop should be introduced.
Rasheed Langah, President Kissan Board, Rajanpur, said that
there was a need to bring discipline in seed business as the
Punjab government had relaxed rules for private seed
companies that was damaging not only crop production, but
national economy as well.
He said that without adopting the required legal procedures,
there could be no increase in the per acre yield.
Kh Mohammad Shoaib of Farmers’ Vision Forum said that nobody
can deny that the Monsanto has latest technology of Bt
He said that the government should hold negotiations with
Monsanto as the agreement would be beneficial if it was done
through a proper system.
Courtesy: The NATION