Il Pakistan comincia a coltivare cotone da OGM

28 Gen 2009
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Dopo avere importato illegalmente semi di cotone Bt indiani riprodotti artigianalmente, e quindi meno produttivi ma piu’ economici, il Pakistan annuncia la svolta. Così come tutti i grandi Paesi produttori di cotone al mondo, ma sopratutto così come accade da anni per i suoi potenti vicini India e Cina, anche il Pakistan entra tra i Paesi che coltivano OGM.
Non è una buona notizia per i venditori di pesticidi.
Pakistan:  Farmers to Grow Bt Cotton With Government’s Nod
January 23, 2009

KARACHI - Farmers will start growing Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton with official permission from next kharif, Federal Textile Minister Rana Farooq Mohammad Khan informed a gathering of local businessmen on Thursday at Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The textile minister in his first visit to the KCCI told businessmen about his efforts within the government to ensure payment of Rs10 billion arrears of the research and development subsidy to textile exporters  He did not make any specific reference but implied that this amount pertained to subsidy on textile exports made during June 25 to June 30 last year for which the SBP had suspended disbursement.”I am also trying to support textile exporters in any other possible way if not by research and development subsidy,” he stated while pointing out that he knows nothing about the textile industry since he was a grower and therefore knows how vital is cotton and textile are for the country’s economy.
The minister declares that textile is mainstay of the economy and though he is not involved in this business but wants revive the lost glory of this sector. He wondered as to why his predecessor in the textile ministry who was a leading textile businessman failed to deliver any good to his colleagues.

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