August 27, 2014
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) is making efforts to promote oilseed cultivation and enhancing domestic production in the country keeping in view the chronic deficiency of edible oil and huge amount of import bill.
An Action Plan for launching a promotional campaign for Oilseeds Cultivation in Pothowar and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regions during Rabi 2014-15 has been prepared by the PARC in the consultation of the Pakistan Oilseed Development Board (PODB), National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) and Provincial Agriculture Research and Extension Departments. The plan includes canola hybrid seed – will be provided to farmers on 25% (Rs 300 per kg) of the price of imported seed; seed drills designed for canola will be provided to farmers for planting seed in optimum depth and moisture to achieve plant stand and higher production; PARC scientists and field staff of PODB, NRSP and Provincial Agriculture Research and Extension Departments will provide technical guidance to farmers in planting and better crop management; farmers will be facilitated in mechanised harvesting and threshing through inviting private service providers in the area; and canola growers will be helped in marketing of their produce on premium price through policy interventions and solvent industry.
Dr Azeem Khan, DG National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), has presided over a meeting for promotion of canola cultivation in Pothowar and KP on 15,000 – 20,000 acres of land during coming Rabi season 2014-15. PODB MD Nasir Ali, NRSP Regional Manager (RM) Malik Fateh Khan, Programme Leader (Oliseeds) Dr Ayub Khan took part in the meeting. The experts said that traditional rapeseed mustard (sarsun and raya) are being cultivated in Pakistan since centuries, therefore, there is a strong need to create awareness among farmers for planting of canola type rapeseed, its advantages and contribution in reducing burden on country’s economy.
The NARC DG emphasised the need of collective efforts of all stakeholders in promoting canola cultivation, increasing domestic edible oil production, reducing import bill and saving hard earned foreign exchange.
Courtesy Daily times
Published in Zarai Media