PARC Variety Evaluation Committee (VEC) on Maize, Sorghum, Millet and Fodder Crops prescribed 06 New Maize and 03 Millet Hybrids for Commercial Cultivation in Pakistan

Six new maize and three millet hybrids have been recommended for commercial cultivation in Pakistan by the Variety Evaluation Committee (VEC) on maize, sorghum, millet and fodder crops in meeting held here at Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Headquarters in Islamabad. The National Coordinator (Cereal System) PARC said that a total of 13 proposals including…

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SURVEY SHOWS AGRICULTURE EXTENSION OFFICERS IN PAKISTAN NEED MORE TRAINING ON BIOTECH

According to an economic survey conducted by Pakistan‘s Minister of Finance, the agricultural production in the country continues to be low due to lack of technical knowledge at the farm level. Since biotechnology has shown benefits for farmers, especially in improving production, it is important to have efficient agricultural extension services. Thus, researchers from the University of Agriculture…

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Punjab government suggest climate Project for better crop productivity

The Punjab government has represent a five-member execution committee to effectuate work on a three-year project of “promotion of high-value agriculture through provision of climate smart technology” aimed at increasing crop and water productivity through application of modern irrigated agriculture development technologies. According to the information issued by the Punjab Agriculture department, the Punjab government…

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ARID1A Mutations Linked to ATR Anti-Cancer Drug Sensitivity

A team of British cancer researchers suggested in a recent paper that screening for mutations in the ARID1A (AT-rich interactive domain-containing protein 1A) gene could aid in identifying patients with tumors sensitive to the ATR inhibitor class of anti-cancer drugs. Mutations in ARID1A represent one of the most common molecular alterations in human cancer especially…

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Seminar held to constitute awareness of food security

A three-day international conference on ‘Asia-Pacific Policy Dialogue on Water, Energy and Food Security for Poverty Alleviation in Dryland Regions’ inaugurate at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University (PMAS-AAUR) here Wednesday. PMAS-AAUR in collaboration with UNESCO with the support of Japan Funds-in-Trust and Malaysia Funds-in-Trust organized the conference aimed at providing contingency to policymakers,…

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PABIC Hold Capacity Building Sessions with the Bio-Safety Regulators August 11-12th, 2016, Islamabad, Pakistan

The two-day event entitled, “Capacity Building Sessions with the Bio-safety Regulators”, was held in Islamabad during 11-12th, August, 2016 at Serena Hotel, Islamabad. Top biotechnologists from Pakistan and other countries are participating in this International event. This event was jointly organized by the Pakistan Biotechnology Information Center (PABIC), Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC), Forman Christian…

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Pakistan Seed Council (PSC) acquiescence the two Varieties of Cotton i.e. 11BT, two non BT

On Monday 2nd May 2016 Punjab Seed Council (PSC) sanction the 11 BT and two non-BT new cotton seed varieties with two years pause due to uncertain status of the National Bio-safety Committee (NBC) after the 18th Constitutional amendment. The cotton varieties were acquiescence after a two years pause due to unclear status of NBC….

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Sindh Seed Council Sanctioned Two New Biotech Sugarcane Varieties for Commercial Cultivation

On Thursday, 14th April 2016 32nd Provincial Seed Council meeting was held at Karachi under Chairmanship of Minister for Agriculture, Government of Sindh. In this meeting, Dr. Abdul Fatah Soomro, Director, National Sugar and Tropical Horticulture Research Institute (NSTHRI), Thatta propounded two new Biotech sugarcane varieties Thatta-2109 and Thatta-326 for the sanction as commercial cultivation. Both…

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Government Of Pakistan Approved Commercialization Of Biotech Crops

National Biosafety Centre (NBC) under Ministry of Climate Change hold meetings of Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and National Biosafety Committee (NBC) to review long pending applications of multiple biotech crops for lab work, field trials and commercialization submitted by public and private sector institutions and companies. Eminent crops include wheat (field trials), cotton (commercialization) and corn…

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