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BIOTECHNOLOGY KEY TO ADDRESSING FARM SECTOR CHALLENGES: EXPERTS.

Agriculture experts have said that adoption of modern agricultural technology will help improve farm productivity in Pakistan, adding that the country urgently needs innovations such as biotechnology to address new challenges in the sector. Crop improvement through conventional farming, they added, was a rational strategy, but it was unable to meet the challenges of increasing food demand because of surging population growth. According to them, Genetically-Modified (GM) food technology should be utilised for strengthening crop improvement system, besides ensuring food security. Biotech crops not only had higher productivity, but was also a land saving technology, viable for biodiversity, they said. Although genetically-modified crops increase overall production of crops while reducing reliance upon pesticides and herbicides, but Pakistan was facing several challenges, particularly safety testing, regulations and GM food labelling.

A representative of Monsanto, a world leader in the field of GM foods, said that GM crops generally have higher yields due to both breeding and biotechnology.

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