Experts recommended to make-shift trend of horticultural fresh crops to value addition to minimize the post-harvest losses.
They suggested developing hybrid seeds and promoting research to make horticulture products in value added foods and discourage import from neighbouring countries and promoting deficient horti crops through ‘Indigenous Production Technology’.
They stated this while addressing at the concluding ceremony of an international seminar on “Recent Challenges & Prospects of Horticulture in Pakistan”, on Thursday, at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University.
Dr Ghulam M. Ali member of plants & sciences division, PARC was the chief guest while Prof Dr Qamar-uz-Zaman vice-chancellor of the university and Dr Waqar from USAID were guest of honours.
While addressing the participants Dr Ghulam M Ali said that Pakistan has a diverse geography and ecosystem but unfortunately we are lacking in utilization.
He further said science, research and technology innovations are the keys to the development and prosperity of any country.
Dr Waqar said Pakistan is far behind in developing new hybrid seeds which is why we being an agriculturist country are importing food commodities from another world.
Prof. Dr Qamar uz Zaman said that a great opportunity lies in the horticulture sector as they are responsible to develop new hybrid seeds.