LAHORE - Provincial Minister for Agriculture Ahmad Ali Aulakh has said that twenty first century belongs to Biotechnology and Pakistan has tremendous potential to emerge as Biotechnology leader but to achieve the goal private sector, academia and government would have to work hand in hand. The Provincial Minister was speaking at a seminar on Bio-technology at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. LCCI former Senior Vice President Yaqoob Tahir Izhar, Vice Chancellor University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Prof Dr Mohammad Nawaz, Dr Fareed A Malik from FC College, Dr Saleema Bashir from Kinnaird College, Dr Farkhanda Manzoor from Lahore College University, Dr Ghazanfar Ali Khan from Vehari Cotton Research Station, LCCI Executive Committee Members Dr Shahid Raza, Ghulam Sarwar Malik and former EC Member Rehmatullah Javed also spoke on the occasion. The Provincial Minister said that the Punjab government was giving a special focus on promotion of research and quality crops because it understands well the green revolution is only possible through genetic engineering. He urged the scientists to play their role for the promotion of Biotechnology in the country. He said that Pakistan would have to focus on genetically modified and hybrid crops to tap true potential of agricultural productivity in the country. The Provincial Minister, while stressing the need for establishment of institutes both at provincial and federal levels for creating awareness among the farming community about Genetically Modified (GM) technology, said that sustainability and improvement in crops yield are the major challenges to meet upcoming threats of increasing population and depleting water resources. The Minister said that GM crops have contributed to sustainable development in several significant ways including: Contributing to food security and more affordable food, conserving biodiversity, alleviation of poverty and hunger, mitigating climate change and reducing greenhouses gases, contributing to the cost-effective production of biofuels and above all by contributing to sustainable economic benefits. The LCCI former Senior Vice President Yaqoob Tahir Izhar said that Pakistans agriculture sector was losing heavily due to insufficient utilization of biotechnology as the magic progress of agriculture sector is only due to Genetically Modified crops. He said that agriculture sector in Pakistan has a huge potential.