PARC successfully develops canola hybrid

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STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has successfully developed Canola Hybrid with good yield potential and produced hybrid seed on pilot scale.

The Council marketed 30 tons Canola Hybrid Seed during the last two years. During current Rabi season, it planted canola hybrid seed production on 70 acres at National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) to promote the availability of hybrid seed to small farmers at low prices.

“Pakistan is deficient to meet the domestic requirement of vegetable oil and imports about 75 percent of its total requirement and imported 2.31 million tons of edible oil valued at Rs. 207.6 billion during 2012-13,” said PARC Chairman Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad at the “Canola Field Day” at NARC, Islamabad.

He further said that PARC in collaboration with private seed companies also making effort to produce PARC Canola Hybrid Seed to meet the seed requirement of small farmers in Pakistan.

Dr. Azeem, Director General NARC, highlighted the importance of oilseed crops. They said rapeseed and mustard crops are the major contributor for edible oil production in the country.

The area and production of this crop can be increased by developing and promoting canola hybrids in the country.

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Published in: Volume 05 Issue 13

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