Scientists review wheat research at US-funded seminar

STAFF REPORT ISB: Dozens of Pakistani scientists and agricultural experts at the US-funded Travelling Wheat Seminar reviewed the latest wheat research and shared experiences.

The annual seminar, organised by Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), brought together wheat scientists from all over Pakistan to observe and discuss wheat research at the (PARC) wheat research centres.

“Wheat scientists are able to share and discuss their work more effectively, as they examine wheat fields, rather than when they are sitting in a formal meeting,” said Coordinator for the Wheat Production Enhancement Programme Dr. David Marshall.

He said that as a result of this seminar, scientists have gained a better understanding of the problems and successes of each research programme.

The scientists will gather for the second phase of the Seminar in early April.

The participating scientists visited the fields, private seed companies, and research centres near Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Multan, and Faisalabad.

They examined challenges, faced by Pakistans wheat growers, such as diseases, climate change, weeds, and crop management issues.

CIMMYT Country Representative Dr. Imtiaz commented that wheat is important for Pakistans overall food security, and noted that CIMMYT and the US Department of Agriculture are committed to advance wheat research in order to benefit the Pakistani farmers.

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