Need stressed to enhance export target using hybrid seeds

The regular use of high-tech hybrid seeds in agriculture can contribute a lot to achieving an ambitious $35 billion export target with a slogan of ‘grow more-export more’.

This was stated by Pakistan Hi Tech Hybrid Seed Association (PHHSA) Chairman Shazad Ali Malik while chairing a meeting of executive committee members, said a press release issued here Sunday. He said, “We can easily get double to triple agriculture crops production if high tech hybrid seeds are used,” which he added not only boosted production but also multiplied their profitability.

He said farmers and growers of all crops across the country especially rice and maize will be persuaded through field demonstrations for showing excellent production results with the timely use of hybrid seeds.

He said localisation of hybrid seed production and import substitutes will also encourage farmers to sow hybrid seeds.

He stressed the urgent need for enhanced coordination with the public sector, free allocation of state land for local seed production, and interest-free loans for building solarised cold storage for seed.