Local production of seeds will save govt on annual basis cost of importing seeds: Ali

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Pakistan Agricultural Research Council Variety Evaluation Committee meeting on oil seed crops was held in two sessions. More than 30 candidate varieties/hybrids of canola, mustard and sunflower were selected.

Proposals submitted for evaluation during the meeting session, 29 hybrids/varieties of local and imported origin were proposed for commercial cultivation according to their potential ecology. Out of these, 04 hybrids/varieties are Rapeseed/canola, 17 mustard varieties and 08 hybrids of sunflower. Senior Technical Representative of Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Heads of Provincial Seed Council, Provincial Head of Agriculture and Allied Research, DGNARC and representatives of private seed sector participated in the meeting.

Chairman of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council Dr. Ghulam Muhammad Ali has said that according to the instructions and vision of the Prime Minister, the work on alternative oil crops for the export of edible oil is going on rapidly and the successful experiments will lead to a record increase in production.

In his opening remarks, Chairman PARC highlighted the importance of Variety Evaluation Committee and said that this forum ensures high production and availability of variety in the country by recommending different types of hybrids. He highlighted the importance of seeds of oilseeds and the efforts made to increase the do mestic production of various oilseeds to ensure the availability of seeds.

 

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