LAHORE: The Crop Technology Annual farmer Expo 2017 was held in Lahore which was attended by a large of farmers.
The event was hosted by Monsanto Pakistan where farmers were showcased with the latest biotech corn technology.
The expo had more than 25 exhibits by several related businesses and organisations, including Punjab Directorate of Information, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Lahore University of Management Sciences, agriculture machinery manufacturers, fertilizer companies, silage solution providers and financial service providers.
Punjab Seed Corporation Managing Director Dr Usman Ali Khan and Agriculture Research Punjab Director General Dr Abid Mahmood also visited the event. They were briefed on Monsanto’s latest technology. Both emphasised the need to adopt technology for greater agricultural productivity and sustainable use of natural resources.
During the event, this was informed that corn was emerging as an important crop in Pakistan with yields having tripled over the past 15 years, almost entirely driven by access to high yielding hybrid seeds. At present Pakistan is self-sufficient in corn, with over 60 per cent of its produce utilised for animal feed, whereas the remaining is consumed by various other industries and food processing facilities.