LAHORE – Punjab Seed Council has approved 10 new Bt and 2 Non-Bt cotton varieties for general cultivation in Punjab.
The approved Bt varieties of cotton are FH Lalazaar, MNH-988, BH-184, VH-305, AGC-777, CEMB-33, BS-52, IUB-13, MM-58 and Leader-1 and Non-Bt varieties are CYTO-124 and NIAB-2008. The approval of other 5 cotton Bt varieties has been linked to the permission by National Bio Safety Commission.
The approval was granted in 46th meeting of Punjab Seed Council, chaired by Minister for Agriculture, Punjab Dr Farrukh Javed. The meeting was held at Agriculture House, Lahore.
The Provincial Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Farrukh Javed, congratulated the scientists on evolving these cotton varieties and appreciated their contribution to the agriculture sector.
He said that according to the vision of Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, the agricultural scientists needed to work hard and should produce high yielding varieties of other crops to make the country self-sufficient in agriculture; hence paving the way for increasing agricultural exports.
“The fruits of scientists’ research must reach the hardworking farmers in this field,” he emphasised.
Source: The Nation
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