Advancement of Rice Seed Business in Pakistan Variety Evaluation Committee (PVEC) Meeting on Rice held at PARC Hqrs

Dr. Muhammad   Anjum Ali, Member Plant Sciences Division, said that the role of quality seed for the productivity and profitability of farmers and appreciated the role of seed companies for making efforts to upgrade the potential of rice hybrids in Pakistan. Afterwards under the provision of Seed Rules 2016, the standard operating procedures for the management of National Uniform Yield Trial and related business were presented along with the standards for evaluation of rice hybrids for evaluating the hybrids/varieties of rice for the coming crop.

Representatives of seed companies admire the role of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council for formulate a transparent procedure and setting the new bench marks for testing of rice hybrids in Pakistan for the comfort of farmers as well as rice sector in Pakistan. The VEC meeting on Rice, among others, was attended by technical members of the committee from National Agriculture Research System (NARS) of the country including Rice breeders; Members of VEC also acknowledge the role of private seed companies for taking interest in rice research and development and working in close collaboration with public sector.