FAISALABAD - Speakers at a forum stressed the need for transformation of agricultural land by adopting genetic revolution in the country.

A forum in connection with the Farmers Day was organised by Monsanto Pakistan in collaboration with University of Agriculture, Faisalabad at Agronomy Farm on Thursday.

Dr Iqrar Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, Monsanto Pakistan’s Mirza Aamir and Technology Development Officer M Atif Majeed spoke on the occasion. The UAF vice chancellor addressing as a chief guest said, “We should minimise the gulf between technology and end-users by devising modern dissemination and information strategies. He said that the University was holding 5,000 acres land for the purpose of experimentation and showcasing innovative approaches.

He said, “The genetic revolution has been knocking at the door since 1997 but we could not exploit the potential of genetic resources that is why we are lagging behind in agricultural productivity as compare to rest of the World.” Mirza Muhammad Aamir said that India was obtaining 24 million bales of cotton in 2,000 and after adoption of BT Cotton the production volume has touched 34 million bales at present.

He maintained that academia and industrial linkage mechanism evolves new ideas and the University of Agriculture Faisalabad was facilitating private sector for showcasing their new agronomic packages. He told that more than 4,000 visitors have witnessed Genuity VT Double Pro Corn in value tech showcase trial at agronomy farm he hoped that this trial would be a milestone in genetically modified corn productivity.

Atif Majeed thanked the participants for participating in farmers gathering. A large number of researchers, scientists and farmers from various parts of Punjab participated in the event.