January 29, 2013
The Directorate of Agriculture Extension of Sindh has rejected the report prepared by a committee constituted to determine the reason behind yellow leaf curl virus attack on tomato crop in some districts of Sindh, which badly affected its yield.
“The committee headed by Director Federal Seed Certification and Registration Department (FSC&RD) Anwar Uddin Memon has submitted its report to the Agriculture Extension Sindh but did not conclude the real cause of attack of YLCV on tomato crops in various districts of Sindh,” sources said. Sources said it was the responsibility of the FSC&RD to ensure availability of seed as well as to ensure quality control of various crops. “Seed registration is one of the main responsibilities of FSC&RD and if it properly fulfils its responsibility, the attack on tomato crop might not have occurred,” he added.
Source said the committee did not ascertain the real cause of YLCV attack in a bid to protect the reputation of FSC&RD. Hidayatullah Chajjro, Head of Agriculture Extension Sindh also confirmed that the committee had submitted its report but failed to determine the real cause of attack. “I have directed the head of the committee to determine the real cause and submit detailed findings in this regard,” he said. He said the committee comprises researchers, horticulture officials and representatives of growers. Agriculture Extension will inform the FSC&RD if the committee finds that it is a seed-borne attack, he said.
Shahid Hussain Director General (DG) FSC&RD told Business Recorder that tomato crops in some districts of Sindh were attacked by YLCV but added that viral attack on crop usually does not occur due to seeds. The researchers have collected samples from three fields in Tando Jam, Kot Ghulam Mohammad and Umerkot and they are analysing it. However, he said that strict action would be taken against the official(s) of FSC&RD if anyone is found guilty in this regard. Tomato has a three-month crop cycle. Growers prepare its nursery in July for early sowing and then its harvest continues as late as February the following year with few gaps.
Courtesy: Business Recorder