Pakistan’s cotton output set to rise by 18%, but imports likely to continue

Pakistan’s cotton output for the marketing year 2021/22 is forecast to rise by 18% to around 5.3 million bales due to the availability of new seed varieties, better pest and disease management, and government support, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Despite the rise in output, Pakistan’s cotton output remains at historic lows and […]

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Biotech/GM crops surge to a new peak of 185.1 million hectares in 2016 – report


There has been a 110‐fold increase in adoption rate of biotech crops globally in just 21 years of commercialisation – growing from 1.7 million hectares in 1996 to 185.1 million hectares in 2016, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri‐biotech Applications (ISAAA) said in a report. “Biotech crops have become a vital agricultural resource […]

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India freezes controversial GM notification, says open to discussions


India has withdrawn a controversial notification capping royalty for new genetically modified (GM) traits after biotech industry and experts warned the move would impact introduction of new agri technologies in the country. The government said in a statement it was now inviting comments from the stakeholders before taking a final call on last week’s notification […]

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New report on genetically engineered crops finds them safe for humans, but has issues with yields


A big new report on genetically engineered (GE) crops in the United States has found them to be safe for human consumption, but said there was no sign they had changed the rate of increase in yields. The exhaustive report by the National Academies of Science found that GE crops have not caused incrases in […]

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