Perspective of Camelina sativaas-an oil seed crop




Pakistan is a developing country. With the increasing population, the demand for edible oil increases day by day. In Pakistan cotton sunflower, rapeseed-mustard and canola are considered as major oilseed crops. Pakistan has been constantly and chronically deficient in its production. The country produce only 30% of edible oil and about 70% of the domestic requirements are met through import. Camelina is an important oil seed crop, which have high percentage of oil contents. Its oil is

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Applications, advantages of artificial seed




Artificial seed is an encapsulation of somatic embryo, shoot buds or aggregates of cell or any tissues which has the ability to form a plant in in-vitro or ex vivo condition. Artificial seed is a promising technique for the propagation of transgenic plants, polyploids with elite traits on seed producing plants and plant lines that has problem in seed propagation. Artificial seed is clonal technique and it cuts short the laborious procedure of conventional recombination breeding and can

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Applications and advantages of synthetic seed in agriculture




ARTIFICIAL SEED is an encapsulation of somatic embryo, shoot buds or aggregates of a cell or any tissues which have the ability to form a plant in in-vitro or ex vivo condition. Artificial seed is a promising technique for the propagation of transgenic plants, polyploids with elite traits non-seed producing plants and plant lines that has a problem in seed propagation. Artificial seed is clonal technique and it cuts short the laborious procedure of conventional recombination breeding and

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Boost for improved vegetables seed production in Pakistan




THE VEGETABLES have good value in human food and nutrients since time immemorial. The world countries of low economy and people with low living status and poverty especially South Asian states have vegetable dietary habits hence grow and consume much more such green stuff for their food.

Pakistan has greater opportunities, being a center for vegetable production and can export fresh and canned vegetables in most of the Asian countries to earn foreign exchange. At present, mostly the

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UAF, SAP committed to deliberate Seed Policy




STAFF REPOR FSB: The need of crystallizing of stakeholders to brainstorm on Seed related issues had become imperative especially after approval of Amended Seed Act, 2015 by govt. The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) and Seed Association of Pakistan (SAP) have formed alliance to hold Pakistan Seed Congress (PSC)’ in order to deliberate pertinent issues on Modern Seed Act, seed policy, seed storage, handling protocols, and to address the issues of researchers and professionals

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UAF, SAP committed to identify improvement areas in Seed Policy


STAFF REPOR FSB: The need of crystallizing of stakeholders to brainstorm on Seed related issues had become imperative especially after approval of Amended Seed Act, 2015 by govt. The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) and Seed Association of Pakistan (SAP) have formed alliance to hold Pakistan Seed Congress (PSC)’ in order to deliberate pertinent issues on Modern Seed Act, seed policy, seed storage, handling protocols, and to address the issues of researchers and professionals

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Sunflower seed powerful nutrient and medical uses for human health




THE SUNFLOWER, Helianthus annuus, belongs to the family Compositae. Many other useful plants belong to the sunflower family such as echinacea, lettuce, marigolds, dandelion, chicory, chrysanthemum peruvianum and thistle. The sunflower plant is 5-20’ tall and it produces large brilliant yellow flowers and edible seeds. The sunflower head with its bright yellow petals radiating from a dark hub of seeds can reach up to 12 inches in diameter. This tall, rangy plant earned its name because

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Contentious Seed Amendment Bill approved


STAFF REPORT ISB: The much controversial Seed Amendment Bill 2015 got approved by Senate Committee. Earlier, the technical experts, agriculture scientists, nutritionists, medical practitioners, farmers, lawyers, and civil society had already stated their contentions on the said bill as it allows import and commercialization of genetically modified (GM) crops that have adverse impacts on human health and the environment. As per critics the law is approved despite severe resistance from

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Contentious Seed Amendment Bill approved


Staff Report ISB: The much controversial Seed Amendment Bill 2015 got approved by Senate Committee. Earlier, the technical experts, agriculture scientists, nutritionists, medical practitioners, farmers, lawyers, and civil society had already stated their contentions on the said bill as it allows import and commercialization of genetically modified (GM) crops that have adverse impacts on human health and the environment. As per critics the law is approved despite severe resistance from

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Amended Seed Act, 2014 irks stakeholders







BY AHSAN JAMIL ISD:



The GMO crop imposition by the federal government of Pakistan in term of the Seed (Amendment) Act, 2014 has instilled soreness amongst macro and micro entities of agriculture sector. The bill allows import of GM seeds and their intellectual property rights (IPR), which goes against the social practices and seed culture of Pakistani farmers. The said bill was approved by the National Assembly in this month.



The adversaries of GMO crop

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PSC introduces cheaper maize hybrid seed


STAFF REPORT LHR: Punjab Seed Corporation (PSC) has launched the maize hybrid seed (YH-1898) evolved by the corporation’s breeders in collaboration with researchers of Maize and Millet Research Institute Sahiwal.

Minister for Agriculture Dr Farrukh was the chief guest at the launching ceremony, who appreciated the efforts by the PSC for developing maize hybrid seed.

He said it is a great achievement, which would not only gear up the growth of agriculture sector, but would also be

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S&W Seed, Maxim sign deal for seed brands


STAFF REPORT LHR: The SandW Seed Company, one of the world’s leading alfalfa seed companies, has signed an agreement with Maxim International (Pvt) Ltd, one of the largest livestock input companies in the country.
Pakistan represents a significant new opportunity for sales of SandW’s high performing alfalfa brands. Historically, the alfalfa seed market in Pakistan has been met in large part by uncertified varieties of seeds that grow lower quality alfalfa forage in comparison to those

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Action group opposes seed amendment bill




STAFF REPORT ISB: The Sustainable Agriculture Action Group (SAAG) opposed the federal government’s process to approve the proposed Seed Amendment Bill 2014 and Plant Breeders’ Rights Act.
"Representatives from farmers’ network and civil society argued against certain provisions of the amendment bill 2014 particularly those related to seed breeding," said Dr Shahida Zia, a representative from Sustainable Agriculture Action Group (SAAG) at a press conference in Islamabad

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Seed priming-a pragmatic approach to improve crop performance under salt stress




Soil salinity is a serious problem in Pakistan that reduces the crops yield. In Pakistan, about 6.281 million hectares of land are salt-affected, out of which 1.89 million hectares are saline, 1.85 million hectares are permeable saline-sodic, 1.02 million hectares are impermeable saline-sodic and 0.028 million hectares are sodic in nature. It is estimated that out of 1.89 million hectares saline patches, 0.45 million hectares are in Punjab, 0.94 million hectares in Sindh and 0.5 million

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Potential of mango seed and kernal oil in Pakistan




Mango (botanical name; Magnifera indica) is the evergreen world popular fruit tree due to delicious, nutritious and good taste and grown since more than 4000 years ago in the tropical areas of the world. In Pakistan, mango cultivation area is about 93.42 thousand hectares and production is 915.3 thousand tons. Mango growing districts in Punjab are Bahawalpur, Multan, Muzaffargarh, and Rahim Yar khan. There are many variations depending upon variety on an average dry stone weight that

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Local seed firms rule farming activities


STAFF REPORT ISB: Domestic seed companies catering to the needs of genetically modified (GM) crops are offered a satisfactory return in the country that is a dominant player in agriculture production.

These companies, while promoting their seeds, have not disturbed conventional farming practices and farmers freely exchange GM crop seeds without any threat of penalty and flouting the law.

Multinational firms, however, are unable to seize the opportunity due to what they say a lack of

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Experts suggest certified seed for better wheat yield




STAFF REPORT ISB: Farm experts have emphasized for the use of certified wheat seed so as to increase wheat crop in the country and discouraging seed multiplication of banned varieties and urged the relevant department to should notify the banned varieties.
A two-day Annual Wheat Planning/Wheat Productivity Enhancement Programme (WPEP) meeting has recently been held in Islamabad and recommended the farmers to use certified wheat seed to increase wheat crop.
PARC Chairman Dr Iftikhar

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