Two hybrid wheat varieties, that may help increase production by up to 50 per cent, have been successfully grown in pilot areas in Pakistan. Beijing Wheat No6 and No7 have been developed by the Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences.
According to an intergovernmental agreement, Pakistan may start importing and growing the two varieties on a large scale from next month, according to China’s People’s Daily. The hybrid wheat had been identified as internationally competitive several years ago, but had not yet got a chance to be put into commercial use until recently. The Beijing National Modern Agricultural Science and Technology City conducted the seed research.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 22nd, 2012.