Staff Reporter Islamabad
In line with the vision of the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, for the first time, DNA fingerprint report varieties have been approved to achieve the agricultural production targets, which will enable not only the acquisition of pure seeds but also by the federal government.
Registered breeders will also be able to get royalty from Punjab, said Syed Hussain Jahanian Gardezi, Provincial Minister for Agriculture, while talking to media while presiding over the 55th meeting of Punjab Seed Council.
The meeting approved 84 new varieties of public and private sector agricultural commodity seeds including 67 varieties of maize, millet, walnut, avocado and other fruits while 33 varieties of cotton were submitted for approval out of which 18 were for cotton and other crops. 66 new varieties approved.
In total, in the 55th meeting of Punjab Seed Council, Punjab Agriculture Minister approved 84 new varieties for general cultivation while 16 varieties were not approved due to DNA fingerprint report or other unavoidable reasons.
On the occasion, Punjab Minister for Agriculture Syed Hussain Jahanian Gardezi congratulated the agricultural scientists on the development of new varieties and directed them to further improve the research trials.
The provincial minister further said that Previous Governments had forgotten the importance of agriculture and seeds while the reality is that agriculture is based on seeds.
On the occasion, Punjab Agriculture Secretary Asad Rehman Gilani while instructing to maintain quality while discovering new varieties of agricultural commodities said that instead of discovering more varieties, he should increase the production per acre.
Discover the varieties of crop that can give better results in the field. In addition to traditional agriculture, there are opportunities to increase the production of dates and fruits in our country. The Secretary Agriculture emphasized on the introduction of modern harvesting technology.
He urged agricultural scientists to discover varieties that could make a profit while keeping the cost of production of farmers in the field for five years or more.