12 hybrid rice varieties to be available from July

At least twelve new hybrid rice ­types will probably be to be had to farmers for cultivation ­throughout the following Kharif crop season starting in July. The new varieties were licensed through the Variety Evaluation Committee of Pakistan Agriculture Coun­cil (Parc) in Islamabad on Wednesday after reviewing twenty-six proposals.

Research on these sorts was performed at the rice research laboratory of National Agriculture Research Centre. A senior reliable of NARC told Dawn that following the approval by the committee, the brand new hybrids of rice can now be imported from China.

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So some distance, 130 different varieties of rice have been developed of which at least twelve varieties are recently sown by means of farmers in rice rising spaces of the country. Punjab is the most important with regards to the crop’s manufacturing, adopted by Sindh after which the remaining portions.

In addition to the 12 types, an open pollinated variety of rice for business cultivation was additionally licensed through the committee. While farmers can keep seeds of pollinated rice selection, the hybrid needs to be modified after every crop.

Parc chairman briefed the committee in regards to the upcoming initiatives on rice beneath the Prime Minister’s ‘National Agriculture Emergency Programme’. Presiding over the variety evaluation committee assembly, Member Plant Sciences Division of PARC, Dr Abdul Ghafoor emphasized the function of quality seed for productiveness and profitability of farmers.

Representatives of seed companies favored the role of Parc for atmosphere new benchmarks for checking out of rice varieties in Pakistan.

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