Agricultural Scientists Directed to Develop New Varieties of Crops

LAHORE: Agricultural scientists should focus on developing new varieties of crops that can withstand the ongoing climate change and have high productivity with resistance to diseases, which will increase agriculture yields per acre and farmers’ profit. This was stated by Provincial Minister for Agriculture Syed Hussain Jahanian Gardezi while presiding over the 54th meeting of Punjab Seed Council at Agriculture House here Thursday.

The minister congratulated the agricultural scientists on the development of new varieties and directed them to further improve the research trials/ data and for the future approval of varieties of agricultural commodities in Punjab Seed Council for Variety Registration and DNA was made conditional on fingerprinting in the future.

He said that there was a need to develop varieties of quality seed that would restore the confidence of growers and create opportunities for Agricultural Businessmen to strengthen their business. The minister directed to form a committee that would examine the new varieties of cotton as per the set international standards and it would have representation from Aptma, Director General, and private sector.

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