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Nov 16, 2010

India's Seed Companies Consider Pakistan BT Cotton Market

On 16 November 2010, Live Mint (based in India) reported that Indian seed companies including Monsanto Holdings Pvt. Ltd and Rasi Seeds Pvt. Ltd had petitioned India's GEAC, its top biotechnology regulatory agency to export gene-modified (GM) Bt cotton seeds to Pakistan.  Pakistan is currently conducting experimental field tests on different varieties of these seeds.  The article also reported that Pakistan is also currently in talks with the government of China to develop BT cotton varieties. 

"For the past several years, Pakistan has been a net importer of cotton in excess of 300 million kg due to an acute shortage in production. ... According to a report by that country’s agriculture department, the government forecasts various options, including transgenic crops, to reach “production levels of 20.7 million bales by 2015”, by adding 25,000 acres of cotton areas annually, along with 5% growth in per hectare yield."

For more see: Koshy, Jacob. P. "Indian seed firms eye share of Pakistan's Bt cotton market," Live Mint, 16 November 2010.

Source: Live Mint

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