The potential of the cotton crop should be improved to help the economy, Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) Vice-Chancellor Muhammad Mukhtar said on Friday.
He was speaking to MPA Haji Zulfiqar Ali, a former provincial minister for livestock, Mumtaz Khan and Malik Habibullah Bhutta during thier visit to the Cotton Breeding Farm at the IUB.
He said more research was needed in cotton production and the IUB’s research programme was a step in this direction.
The IUB Cotton Breeding Project director said new varieties of cotton, MM-58 and IUB-222, were being tested. “Our research shows they can handle climatic conditions and virus effectively and blossom 70 days after plantation.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2012.
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Still it is thought in our school and colleges that Pakistan is an agricultural country, which sounds stupid. In sixties the agricultural production was about 52 percent the remaining was contributed by manufacturing and service industries. But it is now different. where agriculture is contributing our GDP up to 25%, So it is no more an agricultural country.