MoU signed for Onion Seed Research
The MoU was signed by industrial, government institutions and Sindh Agriculture University.
Seeds of the world’s top 20 onion varieties will be produced through Dutch technology according to local climate at the Plant Quarantine Research Station at Sindh Agriculture University, and will later be distributed to seed farmers.
Tando Jam: Agriculture experts, academia, progressive farmers, government and the agro-industry stakeholders have proposed to intensify joint research for modern agriculture, marketing and certified seeds in Sindh and producing vegetables, fruits and other products as per international standards.
On the MoU signing ceremony among educational, industrial and government institutions for onion seed research here on Wednesday, expressing their views on the importance of modern agriculture and investment for development, experts said that investment by public and private sector in agriculture and implementation of modern agricultural methods is expected to increase the country’s GDP by 6% and expected to reduce the poverty rate by 50% by 2030.
The MoU signing ceremony among educational, industrial and government institutions for onion seed research was held at the Senate Hall of Sindh Agriculture University (SAU). A large number of Farmers, Faculty, Agriculture Experts and Researchers participated in the tripartite agreement among University, Sindh Enterprises Development Fund and HS Group of companies for research on various new varieties of onion through Dutch technology.
Dr. Fateh Marri, Vice Chancellor, SAU, presided over the event, while Syed Qasim Naveed, Special Assistant to Chief Minister for Investment, was the special guest.
VC Dr. Fateh Marri, Mehboob ul Haq CEO Sindh Enterprise Development Fund and Anwar Ahmed, CEO of HS Group of Companies, signed the MoU.
According to the agreement, seeds of the world’s top 20 onion varieties will be produced through Dutch technology according to local climate at the Plant Quarantine Research Station at SAU, and will later be distributed to seed farmers. The onion seeds will be able to produce twice in 5 months while their production capacity will be 100%, and the yield would be 6 times more than local varieties, and shelf life and size of these commodities are better for export.
On the occasion Dr. Fateh Marri, said that the government should provide loans in easy installments to the farmers for the development of agriculture to meet seeds, fertilizers and other agricultural needs. “If the government invests Rs.20 billion and the private sector Rs.80 billion in agriculture and they are producing better yields through certified seeds, they can contribute to the country’s GDP of 6% through exporting their agriculture products, while the poverty rate can be reduced by 50% and employment can be increased by 50% and the problem of food security can also be solved”, he said.
He said that research work on disease free mango, wheat, cotton, vegetable seeds is going on at our established research station.
Syed Qasim Naveed said that universities are the hub of agricultural development in the world where experts, farmers, Industries innovative research and new trends in food security are being introduced.
He said that with the development of agriculture, Sindh and the people of province will develop. “We will work together with Sindh Agriculture University on various projects”, he said.
Mehboob-ul-Haq, CEO of Sindh Enterprises Development Fund said that with the establishment of Plant Quarantine Research Station in the SAU, research will be done on Dutch technology of onion, which will enable export quality onions.
Qabool Mohammad Khatian, Chairman Left Bank Canal Area Water Board said that the import of agricultural varieties became more expensive due to the rise in the value of the dollar. “The shortage of water has also caused significant damage to agriculture, but the IRSA did not provide the required supply of irrigation water to Sindh Province”, he said.
He urged that the students of the university have to improve the quality of research and academic as in future they will face many challenges in agriculture and exports.
Farmers’ leader Syed Nadeem Shah Jamote said that Sindh Agriculture University has filled the gap between farmers, researchers, industry and government.
Anwar Hussain, CEO of HS Group of Companies said that India is one of the largest exporters of onions in the world. He viewed that there is need of research on export quality commodities through the joint cooperation of all stakeholders.
Muhammad Ismail Kumbhar and Dr. Zahoor Soomro also addressed the gathering. (PR)