Policy to be prepared to encourage production, export of quality seed

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Our Correspondent

Multan

Punjab Secretary Agriculture Asad Rehman Gilanion Thursday said that a policy would be prepared for production and export of disease-free quality seed by public and private sectors.
During a visit to a private seed farm, Asad Rehman said that private sector was playing an important role in production and export of quality hybrid seed, adding that the government was encouraging the private sector at all levels in this connection.
He said that the production of quality hybrid seed would enaure its domestic utilization to improve production and its export would fetch much needed foreign exchange to the country.
Asad Rehman said that more such seed farms should be developed by the private sector and termed it as the need of the hour.
Chief executive officer of the farm said that the seed production farm was a completely controlled shed fcility spread on a 33 acre area and was the best seed farm in Asia.
It was modern and big farm having a biotechnology laboratory equipped with latest equipment.
The laboratory conducts seed development and testing matching international standards.
He said that hybrid seeds of cucumber, tomato, bitter gourd, chili, melon, water melon, sweet corn, capsicum and potato were being developed in the laboratory.
The farm enjoys cooperation from a Turkish company and possesses a seed producer certificate that enables it to export seed to other countries.

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