Coordinated efforts needed to improve wheat production

September 19, 2013


Member (Plant Sciences) Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Dr Muhammad Shahid Masood said that more co-ordinated efforts are needed to develop new diseases resistant wheat varieties and good production techniques that would lead to improve the wheat production in Pakistan.

He emphasised the involvement of smaller provinces, Fata, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) in these activates. He further said that private sector should also be made part of these efforts for enhancement of wheat productivity. This he stated at the concluding session of two-day Annual Wheat Planning/Wheat Productivity Enhancement Programme (W-PEP) meeting organised by PARC in collaboration with international development agencies (USDA, CIMMYT and ICARDA) here on Wednesday.

CIMMYT Representative Dr Imtiaz Muhammad, ICARDA Country Representative Dr Abdul Majeed, USDA Jan Winborn, National Co-ordinator (Wheat) Dr Imtiaz Hussain and other speakers also addressed the participants on the occasion and shared their knowledge and experience with them. Jan Winborn of USDA appreciated the efforts of wheat scientists and assured the continuous support from USDA to achieve the objectives of enhancement of wheat productivity in Pakistan.

It was recommended that i) scientists should be trained in the field of breeding, disease and agronomy; ii) in co-ordinated activities, less privilege area like Balochistan, Fata and Gilgit-Baltistan should be given more representation; iii) Private sector like seed, fertiliser companies also be included in these efforts; iv) efforts should be made to develop high yielding and Ug-99 rust resistant wheat varieties and proven technologies like ridge sowing and relay sowing of wheat in cotton should be promoted; and v) disease like leaf rust, stem rust and yellow rust should be monitored.-PR Courtesy Business Recorder

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