The Sino-Pak international three-day conference on ‘Innovations in cotton, breeding, and biotechnology ’concluded that was hosted by Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture Multan.
The three days conference held seven sessions where three sessions held at MNSUA, two sessions held at Baha Uddin Zakariya University and two sessions held at Central Cotton Research Institute. More than 50 research papers were presented in all seven sessions.
The conference holds Sino-Pak International conference annually, Material Transfer Agreement between China and Pakistan in 2 years and transfer of Chinese Genetic Engineering Technology and Functional Genomics Technology to Pakistan. The technologies have resistance against all types of cotton diseases.
MNSUA vice-chancellor Prof Dr. Asif Ali said that China has deep association of understanding with Pakistan in all fields. He said China is ready to extend his expertise in removing problems of Pakistani cotton with Chinese cotton technology in future.
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr. Asif Ali said that MNSUA welcome other institutions to join in organizing the conference next year. He said objective of conference was using advanced Chinese technology in Pakistan and taking suitable measures in making farmers prosperous and financially strong.
The Punjab Director Agriculture Research Dr. Abid Mehmood said that Chinese and Pakistani scientists would jointly work to improve cotton crop and hybrid seed to farmers.
Chinese scientist Dr. Zhang Rui said that China has developed resistance varieties against all types of diseases by using Genetic Engineering and Functional Genomics Technologies. More 200 BT cotton varieties are cultivated in China and China is ready transferring those technologies to Pakistan.
Some large numbers of scientists including Xiaofeng Su, Dr. Ufuk Demirel (Turkey), Prof Dr. Tahira Fatima (USA), CCRI Director Dr. Zahid Mehmood, DR Hamad, DR Waqas Malik, Muhammad Arslan Khan, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali, Prof Dr. Aftab Bashir of Lahore FC College University, and others also spoke on the occasion.
The MNSUA vice-chancellor Prof Dr. Asif Ali distributed shields among guests at the end of conference.