Father of green revolution: 100th anniversary marked

STAFF REPORT ISB: The National Agriculture Research Council has launched commemorative postage stamp on the 100th birthday year of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug who is known as father of the green revolution.

Dr. Norman had led the introduction of high yielding wheat varieties combined with modern agricultural production techniques to Mexico, Pakistan and other South Asia countries. By 1969-70, most of Pakistani wheat farmers had adopted the new varieties.

This trend of increasing wheat production was further improved in the later years through following the legacy of Dr. Borlaug by the wheat scientists and they continued to introduce high yielding varieties. Resultantly this led to record production of about 25.3 million tons during 2014.

Declaration of “Borlaug Avenue” and Unveiling of “Borlaug Institute for South Asia” at NARC are glimpses of that visit.

In his remarks, PARC Chairman Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad said today celebration is a story of science, knowledge, innovations and hardworking to reduce hunger.

With the Borlaugs work legacy today Pakistan is self-sufficient in wheat and the new wheat varieties introduced have contributed 7 times increased over 1960 wheat production.

So far 131 wheat varieties have been developed and released for commercial cultivation in the twelve wheat production zones of the country since 1964.

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