New mango variety developed by UAF

August 20, 2013

IQBAL MIRZA

New mango variety
New mango variety

A new variety of mango titled “new sindheri” has been developed by the department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF). Presently, it is undergoing various tests including shelf life in a model reefer container.

The new variety was shown by Dr Asif Ali, Director, Research, Innovation and Commercialisation, UAF to the two-member delegation of All Pakistan Fruit & Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA), headed by Chairman, Waheed Ahmed and Secretary General, Mohammad Ilyas Khan during their recent visit to UAF.

Impressed with the excellent work being done by UAF in the field of Research and Development, PFVA announced that it would bear expenses of one student perusing his PhD programme at UAF to subsequently serve the industry in the field of fruits and vegetables. It would also extend internships to students of UAF in future and graduates would be extended employment opportunity in the PFVA. The UAF would workout salary package as per market conditions. The eleven-member team of UAF comprising all PhDs which had participated in the discussions had made following suggestions:

— The quality of products start from trees, hence we need to focus our research work towards growers.

— “Product groups” for various products (mango, kinnow, onion, potato) be formed by the UAF with a view to develop pre-harvest and post-harvest protocols after we have a meeting with all stakeholders (growers, exporters, regulatory authorities etc).

— The UAF shall develop short, medium and long term road maps for enhancement of exports in consultation with the exporters of PFVA.

— The UAF form a few groups exclusively for the growers and assign responsibility to visit in the field and besides creating awareness shall also acknowledge efforts of all those growers who are practising the global GAP by giving them incentives if the PFVA is willing to bear cost of such incentives which is expected to produce amazing results.

— We shall conduct train-the-trainer workshops to train selected exporters who shall in turn conduct awareness training for the growers.

— We have already carried out research work on citrus and mango and would share it with the PFVA for any further advice.

— For any research project assigned to the UAF by the PFVA, the PFVA shall work share cost of that project on 80/20 sharing basis (80 percent by the HEC and 20 percent by the industry, ie PFVA).

— Since the UAF is a research-oriented institution, we are ready to give support, guidance and assistance to the PFVA as and when required, and

— The PFVA shall provide a list of issues where research work is required to resolve the issues. Courtesy Business Recorder

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