STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan has a great potential to earn billions of dollars by developing its agricultural sector through using hybrid seeds and modern technology aimed at increasing per acre yield.

“US and Pakistan share the goals of improving the livelihoods of farmers across Pakistan and increasing access to nutritious food for millions of Pakistanis,” said USAID Mission Director John Groarke while handing over new varieties of maize seeds to Pakistani research organizations and private-sector seed companies at a ceremony held at National Agricultural Research Center (NARC) Islamabad.

The new varieties of maize were identified and provided by USAIDs Agriculture Innovation Program, in coordination with the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, in an effort to jump start the production of quality hybrid maize seed in Pakistan.

USAIDs Agricultural Innovation Programme is a four-year, $30 million initiative designed to increase productivity and incomes in the agricultural sector through the promotion and dissemination n of modern production practices for major crops including wheat, maize, rice, livestock, fruits and vegetables. It may be mentioned here that the varieties of maize which were handed over are bred to resist drought and heat stresses and have enhanced nutritional quality.

They also have increased tolerance to insect attacks and low soil nitrogen, according to report about the new varieties of maize seeds.