PARC opens first potato tissue culture laboratory at Chilas

Staff Reporter

Tissue culture technology is being widely used for large scale plant multiplication that gives a science based solution for plant propagation, disease elimination and plant improvement.

PARC is seeking the production of potato tubers locally, that will save valuable foreign exchange.

PARC has been able to increase the production of disease free potato seeds through tissue culture technique as per capacity of its cold storage, after which for the first time in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chilas a potato tissue culture laboratory has been set up to provide disease free potato seeds to the farmers so that the farmers can become self-sufficient and economically stable by getting maximum potato production in less time, this was said by Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan, Chairman PARC, during the inauguration of potato tissue culture Laboratory and screen house at Chilas under the PSDP project of Potato tissue culture technology in Pakistan.

He further added that, in connection to this project earlier PARC has handed over 50,000 Potato tubers to GB Agriculture Department.

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