The use of biotechnology by Pakistani farmers would not only result in enhanced productivity but would also help address food security challenges being faced by the country, said Punjab Agriculture Minister Hussain Jahania Gardezi. Speaking to members of the Pakistan Biotechnology Information Centre on Friday, he was of the view that biotechnology would resolve food security problems and reduce poverty. He vowed that the government would further strengthen the Punjab Agriculture Research Board to enable it to support agricultural biotechnology projects and facilitate its commercialization. Speaking on the occasion, Forman Christian College Dean of Postgraduate Studies Dr. Kauser Malik recalled that Pakistan was one of the first countries to show interest in biotechnology, starting with the nomination to host an international biotechnology research center back in 1981.
Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency Director Dr. Farzana Altaf Shah also underlined the importance of adopting biotechnology to meet the food requirements of the growing population while using lesser resources.