The Punjab Seed Council on Monday has approved a new variety of kinnow (citrus) called RE-2016 which is seedless and its sowing could help promote exporting kinnow from the Punjab to Russia, Britain, the United States, Germany and other European countries. The approval of this new seedless variety was given by the Punjab Seed Council at its 45th meeting.
An ordinary variety has 20 to 28 seeds while 95 percent of fruits of this variety have just one seed in it. It has 45 percent more juice than any other ordinary varieties and can be stored for a longer period. A council spokesman was confident about the variety, saying, “Hopefully, this seedless kinnow will win recognition for Pakistan in international market.”
It is understood that citrus orchards are spread over 450,000 acres of land in the Punjab where a production of 2.328 million tonnes were achieved. Last year, up to 393,310 tonnes were exported. Agriculture scientists in the Punjab started producing the seedless kinnow in 2004 and over 1,000 plants of it are being produced now.
The Punjab Agriculture Department has recommended orchard growers to keep in touch with organisations busy in research for the seedless fruit to get technical assistance and cash in on the latest agricultural technology.
Many local scientists hope the seedless fruit will be sown over 30,000 acres of land in the near future in districts of the Punjab including Sargodha, Toba Tek Singh, Layyah and Vehari. “Efforts are being made by the sitting Punjab government to produce international standard citrus fruit in the province to increase its exports and earn a precious foreign exchange,” the spokesman added.
Source: Business Recorder
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