US helps improve food security

November 22, 2012

KARACHI: The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is helping farmers to increase productivity and improve food security in Pakistan by introducing disease-resistant varieties of wheat.
USDA’s Wheat Productivity Enhancement Project (WPEP) has introduced 60 advanced wheat varieties in Pakistan in the first of 115 wheat trials scheduled this year at the National Agricultural Research Council (NARC) and other locations throughout Pakistan.

USDA scientists, together with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), helped researchers at the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) establish the annual National Uniform Wheat Yield Trial (NUWYT) at the National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) in Islamabad.

USDA helped identify and multiply a variety of wheat called, “NARC 2011,” which can resist wheat rust.

Courtesy: Daily Times

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