Pest Scouting Must To Save Cotton

Pakistani agriculture experts have advised cotton growers to conduct pest scouting twice a week to save the crop from the attack of whitefly and other pests. A spokesman of the agriculture department said that the chances of pest attack increase during rainy season and its severity decreases after October. He also advised the farmers to…

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PARC approves 33 varieties of hybrid maize for commercial cultivation in Pakistan

The government has approved 33 maize hybrids, two pearl millets (fodder), two sorghum sudan grass and one sorghum hybrid for commercial cultivation, The Variety Evaluation Committee (VEC) of the Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) accorded approval to commercial cultivation of the crops. Chairman PARC Umer Farooq, addressing the meeting, highlighted the role of PARC and…

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USDA hints that CRISPR gene-edited crops should be allowed in organic farming

USDA Undersecretary of Agriculture Greg Ibach testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee that plants grown with the aid of genetically modified organisms and gene editing could be sanction to be certified organic in the future. “I think there is the opportunity to open the discussion to consider whether it is appropriate for some of these…

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Kenya field trial shows Bt cotton the nation’s first GM crop

As Kenya harvests its national performance trials of genetically modified (GM) pest-resistant Bt cotton, Preliminary results shows Bt cotton it boosts yields four-fold over standard varieties. Upon harvesting the field trial planted at Mwea in Kenya’s Central region, Bt cotton yields 6.1 tonnes per hectare, said Dr. Charles Waturu, a senior research scientist with the…

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Argentina developing pest-resistant, GMO cotton using gene-silencing technology

In Argentina, the existence of the cotton weevil represents a challenge for cotton production due to the production losses it causes. Argentina’s National Institute for Agricultural and Livestock and the cotton provinces of Chaco, Formosa, Santa Fe, and Santiago del Estero have been working on the evolution of different strategies to deal with this plague….

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Government to introduce new cotton seeds

The government is evolving new varieties of cotton seeds to boost production of silver fibre and bring down the cost of output, the food minister said. Minister for National Food and Research Mehboob Sultan said Pakistan Agriculture Institute, an attached department of the Ministry, is working to enhance the productivity and quality of cotton by…

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‘Second generation’ GMO plants could turn marginal soils into productive farmland

Roughly one-third of the world’s arable land suffers from lack of approachable iron, rendering it inhospitable to staple crops like maize and soybeans. In 2018, a Stanford research team led by associate professor of chemical engineering Elizabeth Sattely discovered a genetic adaptation that allows one hardy plant to thrive on these marginal soils. Although more…

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