KARACHI - Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister, Sharmila Faruqui, has stressed the need for adoption of bio-technological techniques while executing Green Karachi Plan, for which funds of billions of rupees have been allocated. Talking to a delegation of farmers from interior Sindh which called on her at her office here on Thursday, she said that Sindh government and City District Government Karachi (CDGK) could take huge benefit with adopting biotechnology while executing Green Karachi Plan worth billions of rupees. She added that with adoption of biotechnological science, trees could increase the oxygen, which would help controlling carbon dioxide and reducing affects of global warming on Karachi City. She said that farmer community of Pakistan has to pay Rs60 billion to multinational companies every year to purchase pesticides sprays for their crops. She said that biotechnology could help us to resolve poverty issue and save local agriculture from further devastation. IUCN and WWF-Pakistan have mentioned in their reports that toxic related losses due to utilization of these sprays are at a large scale as different species of birds and animals were killed in a large number after being affected by pesticides sprays, she said. She said that with adopting biotechnology; there would be a noticeable reduction in need of utilization of pesticide sprays which would be resulted in reducing expenditures of peasants on pesticide sprays. Referring to last crisis of wheat shortage in the country which forced people to take to roads, she noted that after adoption of biotechnology, the country would be able to meet its domestic needs. She was of the view that we would not be able to export our agricultural outputs until we adopt the latest technology. She mentioned that economy of Pakistan depended on agriculture and agro-base industries. It was observed that some times, our textile sector has to import cotton bales as local production could not meet total requirement. The new technology will prove helpful in resolving this problem of the local textile sector, she added. She stated that many countries like Saudi Arabia, China, India, America, Britain, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, South Africa and even Israel have already adopted biotechnology which had boosted their economy, adding we have not to only adopt the technology but also to raise awareness amongst local farmers about it. She said, Pakistan not only imports around four million bales of cotton every year but also import other agro-base industrial products. With adoption of biotechnology, on the one hand, heavy expenditure on cultivation can be reduced and on the other hand, we can increase our agro-base industrial outputs, she added.