12 hybrid rice varieties to be available from July

The new varieties were endorsed by the Variety Evaluation Committee of Pakistan Agriculture Council (Parc) after reviewing twenty-six proposals. Research on these varieties was carried out at the rice research laboratory of the National Agriculture Research Centre. A senior official of NARC said that the new hybrids of rice can now be imported from China.
In addition to the 12 types, an open-pollinated variety of rice for commercial cultivation was also ratified by the committee. While farmers can keep seeds of pollinated rice variety, the hybrid has to be changed after every crop.
Parc chairman briefed the upcoming projects on rice beneath the Prime Minister’s ‘National Agriculture Emergency Programme’. Presiding over the variety evaluation committee meeting, Member Plant Sciences Division of PARC, Dr. Abdul Ghafoor emphasized the role of quality seed for productivity and profitability of farmers.
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