Pakistan: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

  |   Attaché Report (GAIN)   |   PK2022-0013

In 2022, after a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) completed the draft, the National Biosafety Committee (NBC) reviewed a policy on regulating imports of genetically engineered (GE) commodities for food, feed, and processing (FFP). The NBC sent the draft FFP policy to relevant Ministries for further review. Cotton remains the only GE crop approved for cultivation. The underdeveloped and loosely enforced regulatory framework governing advanced agricultural technology continues to hinder life science companies’ investment in GE seed research and development. In 2022, Pakistan imported around 2 million tons of GE soybeans, with the United States having about 40 percent market share.

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