SAU initiates research project for developing improved cotton and wheat seed varieties
The project is being funded by the UBL to develop new, pure and climate-resilient seeds of wheat and cotton.
The new seeds will significantly improve crop yields and enhance the income of the agricultural sector of Sindh province.
Sindh Agriculture University recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UBL on Monday to initiate a research project for the development of improved cotton and wheat seed varieties.
Under this project, the university experts will develop new pure and climate-resilient seeds of wheat and cotton, which will significantly improve crop yields and enhance the income of the agricultural sector of Sindh province.
In this regard, wheat sowing was inaugurated at Latif Experimental Farm of the University with the joint cooperation of the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics and Seed Production and Development Center by Dr. Fateh Marri, Vice Chancellor and Arif Ali Shah, Head of South Zone of Rural Banking of UBL.
A brief inaugural ceremony was organized at the Seed Production and Development Centre, where Vice Chancellor Dr. Fateh Marri said that due to the recent floods, especially the flooded areas, may face a reduction in wheat sowing, as the farmers lack the availability of pure seeds.
He said that Sindh Agriculture University, in collaboration with government and private institutions, is supporting the common farmer; in this context research work on certified seed has been started under the agreement with UBL.
He said that due to the increasing population, there are fears and threats of food shortages in the future, and experts from many countries have embarked on a new direction of research to increase the production per acre.
He said that with the support of UBL, our scientists are researching on expansion of certified wheat and cotton seed and new commodities for agricultural development and food security.
On this occasion, Dean Dr. Syed Ghiyasuddin Shah Rashidi, Dean Dr. Altaf Siyal, Dean Dr. Inayatullah Rajpar, Dean Dr. Manzoor Ali Abro, Chairman of High Power Farm Committee Dr. Mujahid Hussain Laghari, Director Seed Production and Development Centre Dr. Zahoor Hussain Soomro, Chairman Plant Breeding and Genetics Dr. Shahnawaz Marri, Dr. Aijaz Soomro, Dr. Munir Mangrio, Director Farms Jakhro Mumtaz Ali, Area Manager (RB) UBL Ghulam Hussain Wagan and others were also present. (PR)