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GLOBAL Biotech crops can counter
food insecurity 18-March-2012 Pakistan Observer View
Islamabad—With the increase
in human population, the use of new technology had become
a need of the hour and only technological development could
ensure food security in the world.
This was the crux of a workshop titled ‘International perspective
about the future of biotech crops’, which was participated
by experts including Dr Rhodora Aldemita, Senior Programme
Officer, Global Knowledge Centre on Crop Biotechnology,
Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications
(ISAAA) and Dr Mariechel Navarro, Manager, Global Knowledge
Centre on Crop Biotechnology, ISAAA.
The experts said that biotech crops offered a sustainable
solution and there was a dire need of commercialising the
crops to counter food insecurity in developing countries
“Biotech cotton in developing countries such as China,
India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Bolivia, Burkina Faso and South
Africa have already made a significant contribution to the
income of millions of small resource-poor farmers in 2011;
this can be enhanced significantly in the remaining four
years of the second decade of commercialisation, 2012 to
2015, principally with biotech cotton, maize and rice,”
Dr Navarro said.
The experts stressed that development of the agriculture
sector was important for the food, social and economic security
of developing countries, while the options of using biotech
crops could create a useful impact on farmers’ life, who
might achieve both the objectives of food security and economic
Dr Aldemita was of the view that due to mega increase in
human population, the use of new technology had become need
of the hour and only technological development could prevent
the world, especially the developing countries, from food
While talking about the application of biotech crops, she
mentioned that 29 countries were currently using the crops
and achieving sustainable growth in their agriculture sector.
She highlighted Brazil as the most successful developing
country using biotech crops, where 83 percent of soya and
65 percent of maize were being produced through biotechnology.
The ISAAA experts explained that by using biotech crops,
the farmers could achieve healthy production with less expenses
They urged the need for educating the farmers regarding
the use of new technologies as they should be the decisive
authority to choose best suited option for a sustainable
production, said a report.
Dr Aldemita revealed that there were also some risks related
to use of biotech crops, as these crops might interact with
other crops and physical environment, causing damage. They
urged upon the government and media to play their role in
adovocation the use of biotech crops.
“The media organisations should play a positive role to
educate the formers regarding use of new technologies, which
will strengthen the country’s economy,” they added.
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