MULTAN: The cultivation of seedless kinnow variety in Punjab will lead to an increase in the fruit’s export to Russia, the UK, the United States, Germany and other European countries as no country of the west produces such a variety. In a statement issued by the media liaison unit of the Punjab Agriculture Department on Monday, experts said contrary to around 20-28 seeds in ordinary kinnows, 95% of the seedless variety contain only one seed, has 45% more juice and has a longer storage life. Scientists of the Citrus Research Institute Sargodha have already introduced new varieties of seedless citrus fruits and lots of saplings have been distributed among farmers. The process of developing the seedless kinnow variety had begun in 2004 and over 1,000 saplings were developed and distributed among farmers for their plantation over 30,000 acres of land in Sargodha, Toba Tek Singh, Layyah and Vehari.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 9th, 2016.
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