technology widely discussed in Pakissan
LAHORE–Biotechnology experts have demanded for the approval of
Bio safety guidelines, which is the sole hindrance in the
spreading of this technology in the country.
The seminar was organized by agriculture web portal
www.pakissan.com on 'Biotechnology: Opportunities and
Challenges' here at a local hotel. The website has been
launched with the aim of connecting Agri-community for better
LAHORE–Leading experts of biotechnology in the country and
representatives of prominent farmers organisations and agri
firms attended the function. A good number of progressive
farmers were also present on the occasion.
Prominent among them were former Agriculture Minister Malik
Khuda Bukhsh Bucha, Chief Coordinator Farmers Associates of
Pakistan (FAP), Idrees Khokher, President Kissan Board
Pakistan Sadiq Khan Khakwani, President Zaraie Insaf Hamid
Malhi and others. The seminar was meant to create awareness
amongst the masses to make them aware about this important
Dr Anwar Nasim, Chairman National Commission on biotechnology
and Dr Yusuf Zafar of National Institute of Biotechnology and
Genetic Engineering (Nibge) presented key addresses on the
While representatives of leading multinationals companies,
currently working and investing in agri-research and
development in Pakistan, were also present on the occasion.
However, majority of them stayed there as observers.
Seminar on Bio technology
was the first move by Pakissan to reach the farmerimng
community which turned to a successful event.
Despite his weak
health, former Minister of Agriculture of one unit, Malik
Khuda Bakhash Bucha arrived in the meeting right in time. He
considers being the father of green revolution in Pakistan in
Program continued without
any break despite the fact that number of guests crossed the
expected level of the organisers.
A lot of participants were
denied entry despite the fact that they carry cards. They were
told that it was someone else who was invited and only
invitees were allowed to enter.
Everybody was allowed
to ask questions without any dictation or restriction and
secretary FAP, Muhammad Idrees posed five questions.
One participant, while
criticising the bureaucratice hurdles in progress of agri
sector, asked Dr Anwar Nasim to concentrate on developeing
anti virus vaccine against the red-tapism.
Media men from all the
leading newspapers of the provincial metropolis visited the
Some data from the presentation of Dr Yusuf Zafar, Head Plant
Biotech, National Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic
Engineering (Nibge), Faisalabad.