Our Correspondent Bahawalpur
Engineer Prof. Dr. Athar Mahboob, Vice Chancellor, the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, in an interview, said that the projects inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan during his visit to Bahawalpur, will focus on the future of agriculture in Pakistan.
He said that the Islamia University Bahawalpur, which was established during the rule of the Bahawalpur state, has now become a fourth generation university. The projects launched here are also improving the economic situation of the university.
Renowned Cotton Breeder of Pakistan Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Bandesha Dean Faculty of Agriculture is carrying forward the decades-long work of the Faculty of Agriculture. He said that the future of Pakistan depends on the revival of cotton.
Pakistan’s textile industry cannot compete with the international market unless it gets high quality and low priced cotton.
Our agricultural scientists have made new inventions in cotton. ? Islamia University Bahawalpur has developed varieties of cotton that are able to withstand water shortages and harsh weather conditions.
The university has developed varieties of cotton that are also resistant to sucking caterpillars and viruses.
Our agricultural scientist, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Bandesha, has changed the shape of cotton leaves to produce varieties that have less spread and higher height.
This will increase the number of plants per acre and increase the yield. He said that we are moving ahead by targeting the rehabilitation of cotton in Pakistan.
The Vice Chancellor said that we have set up the National Cotton Breeding Institute which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister. The aim is to form a whole team with Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Bandesha.