Sino-Pak hybrid rice research center opened in China

University of Karachi’s (KU) International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) in joint effort with the China National Rice Research Institute (CNRRI) recently inaugurated SINO-Pak Hybrid Rice Research Center (SPHRRC) in China.
Senior professor of (ICCBS), Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, former chairman higher education commission and federal minister for science and technology, and Dr. Peisong Hu, Deputy Director General China National Rice Research Institute (CNNRI), inaugurated this ‘modern rice research center.
Director (ICCBS) Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary and Ms. Lu Yexin, Director – Division of Asian, Americans and Multilateral Affairs, Department of International Cooperation also attended the inauguration ceremony.
It is also worth mentioning here that the branch of the SPHRRC in Pakistan has already been opened at the ICCBS, last year.
Director ICCBS said that the center was the first hybrid rice research center of Pakistan established in collaboration with Chinese National Rice Research Center (CNNRI) Hangzhou – China with the objectives that CNRRI will provide suitable numbers of hybrid rice seeds varieties for testing at different locations in Sindh, and other climatic zones of Pakistan during the next two years to Pakistan. The center will also facilitate the field trials process of these verities of hybrid rice in Pakistan and train young Pakistani researchers in the field of agriculture so that they can effectively utilize the modern agriculture techniques to improve their local rice verities.
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