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- Wednesday, September 10, 2008 - From Print Edition


LAHORE: Punjab Seed Corporation (PSC) has approved three new varieties of wheat seeds, two varieties of gram and three varieties of vegetables of different kinds.


The approval was given at a high-level meeting chaired by Punjab Agriculture Minister Malik Ahmed Ali Aulakh. Agriculture Secretary Malik Javed Awan, Punjab Agriculture Extension Director General Dr Anjum Ahmed, senior officials of the Punjab Seed Corp, researchers of Ayub Research Institute and Regional Agriculture Institute Bahawalpur, seed breeders and others attended the meeting.


Talking to The News after the meeting, Punjab Agriculture Minister Malik Ahmed Ali Aulakh said the Seed Corp had approved three new varieties of wheat seeds in order to increase the productivity in the province. “These seeds will definitely increase wheat output and help make the province as well as the country self-sufficient in wheat production,” he remarked.


Giving the details, Aulakh said two types of wheat seeds namely Faisalabad 2008 and Lasani 2008 were produced by the researchers of Faisalabad Wheat Research Institute while one variety Miraj 2008 was produced by the Regional Agriculture Institute Bahawalpur.


According to experiments, per acre yield potential of Lasani was 62 maunds and average per acre production was 43 maunds, he pointed out. Average production from available wheat seeds recorded during the last crop was in the range of 28 to 38 maunds per acre. “Thus, the three new varieties will enhance wheat production,” he said.


Similarly, two new varieties of gram have been approved — one for Desi gram and the other for Kabuli. The Department of Pulses Research of Ayub Research Institute Faisalabad had developed the Desi gram variety and given the name Punjab 2008 while Kabuli variety had been developed by Nayab with the name CM 2008, the minister revealed.


According to the experiments, per acre yield potential of both gram varieties is 15 to 16 maunds if cultivated in irrigated areas. But in Pakistan, gram is cultivated in Barani areas and average production of gram is recorded at 5 to 6 maunds per acre.


The Seed Corp has also approved three vegetable varieties — one each of peas, pumpkin and biter gourd. All three seeds have been developed by the Vegetable Research Department of Ayub Research Institute Faisalabad.


Peas seed has been given the name of Metyor Faisalabad, pumpkin seed got the name of Faisalabad Round and biter gourd named Faisalabad Long.


Aulakh said the PSC had instructed to start work on developing hybrid seeds of vegetables as well. At present, vegetable growers are planting imported hybrid seeds which are costing them high prices.