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Committee recommends 8 varieties of hybrid rice to enhance productivity, farmers’ profitability

Chairman, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Dr Ghulam Muhammad Ali has emphasized the importance of quality seed for enhancing the productivity and profitability of farmers and appreciated the role of research institutes and seed companies for availability of quality seed to rice farmers in Pakistan.

While speaking to the participants of the Rice Variety Evaluation Committee (VEC) he appreciated the role of private and public sector for taking interest in research and development of rice in the country.

Dr. Muhammad Yousuf, National Coordinator Rice of PARC, presented the committee members with an overview of thirty-eight (38) proposals for rice hybrids/varieties.

The meeting was attended by representatives from the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Federal Seed Certification, national and multinational seed companies as well as rice scientists from provincial and federal research institutes.

After extensive discussions, the VEC recommended eight (8) high-yielding rice hybrids of private seed companies for cultivation in Pakistan. National Institute of Genomics and Biotechnology (NIGAB) of PARC presented four high-yielding fine rice varieties having 23-24 pc higher yield than the existing varieties, which were also endorsed by the VEC for cultivation in Pakistan.

Moreover, during the meeting, the VEC also recommended cultivation of a long-grain (9 mm) Sandal Bar Basmati developed by Soil Salinity Research Institute Pindi Bhattian and two coarse rice varieties one each from Rice Research Institute Kala Shah Kaku and Rice Programme, NARC, Islamabad. The introduction of these varieties and hybrids is expected to enhance farmers’ productivity and profitability.

Dr. Imtiaz Hussain, Member of Plant Sciences Division at PARC, presided over the VEC and expressed his faith that the release of these high-yielding rice varieties would contribute to improving rice productivity in the country.

He also emphasized PARC’s commitment to support public and private sector institutes and seed companies in evaluating and releasing rice hybrids and varieties. Dr. Waseem ul Hassan, Food Security Commission of MNFSR commended the efforts of rice scientists in Pakistan for releasing the high yielding rice hybrids and varieties. QR Code

Published Date: April 4, 2024

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