By admin       2017-11-23

MULTAN - Experts from the US, China and Malaysia attended the first session of Sino-Pak International Conference on Innovations in Cotton Breeding and Biotechnology held at Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture. It was held with the collaboration of Biotechnology Research Institute Beijing. On the occasion, Chinese cotton expert Dr Zhang Rui pointed out on Wednesday Pakistan and China were faced with same problems in the field of cotton production . He added that China introduced over 200 BT cotton varieties which were highly pest resistant. Addressing. He added that China used Genetics Engineering and Functional Genetics technologies to develop new varieties. He declared that China was ready to share technology with Pakistan besides extending all out support to boost cotton production . Speaking on this occasion, MNSUA Vice Chancellor Dr Rao Asif Ali said that China was time-tested friend of Pakistan which played key role in development of our country. He said that Pakistan needed to get benefit from new technology and boost its cotton production through genetically developed seeds. He disclosed that cotton contributed 1.5 per cent to national GDP besides seven per cent of value added agricultural goods. He said that the motive behind holding the moot was to benefit from the expertise of Chinese scientists. Vice Chancellor of Bahauddin Zakariya University Prof. Tahir Ameen said in his speech that the three basic goals of any university included promoting knowledge, holding international conferences and introducing new ideas. “The MNSUA is discharging all of these responsibilities in well manner which is laudable,” he added. MPA Mazhar Abbas Raan said that the government took revolutionary steps which resulted in record increase in cotton production . Giving details, he said that the government offered subsidies on electricity rates for the tube-wells and fertilisers as well as imparted training to the cotton pickers for promoting clean cotton. The first session of the conference was also addressed by Dr Noorul Salaam, MPA Mazhar Abbas Raan and Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmad Rajwana while experts from the US, China, Malaysia and many other countries participated.

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