ISLAMABAD, June 4 (INP): Special Assistant to Pakistan’s Prime Minister on Agriculture Jamshed Iqbal Cheema will inaugurate a tissue culture lab in Jaglot area of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) on June 9 to double production of a new variety of potato.
Spokesperson for Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Shabbir Mirza told Gwadar Pro that the PARC Chairman Dr Azeem and GB Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid will also take part in the ceremony.
“The new potato variety is a blend of Chinese, Dutch and indigenous varieties developed through tissue culture technology,” said Dr Ghulam Muhammad Ali, Member of Plant Sciences of the PARC Board.
He said that the new variety has much higher yield as compared with existing local varieties and is cheaper than the imported ones. According to him, the Jaglot lab is aimed at doubling the production of seed potatoes to meet the demand.
On June 1, the federal government approved an ambitious program worth more than Rs. 4 billion for four agriculture and livestock development projects in GB. The new projects are part of the present government’s plan for economic uplift of a region that connects Pakistan with China.