Guard starts trials for hybrid basmati seed
LAHORE: Guard Agricultural Research and Services (Guard) has started open trials for its “Hybrid basmati” seed to provide disease-resistant, long grain aromatic traditional variety to paddy growers of Punjab with higher production per acre, compared with the prevailing varieties.
“We have sown our hybrid basmati variety over 50 acres of land in the core basmati growing area such as Narowal, Gujranwala and Hafizabad. We hope that the seed will give around 100 maund/acre yield, compared with the prevailing varieties, which are not producing more than 35 to 40 maund/acre,” an executive of the company Momin Ali Malik said, while talking to journalists at a ‘Field Day’ arranged in Kasur.
Malik said that the seed was in the initial phase of testing and it could take another two to three years to be commercially marketed.
“We are well-aware of its potential. Hybrid varieties of coarse rice had already made their mark, especially in Sindh where growers are getting 130 to 140 maund/acre. Hopefully, the hybrid seed of basmati will give desired results,” he added.
“[The] farmers in Punjab, especially in the Southern region and in potato growing areas are also sowing hybrid coarse varieties with success for the last three years. This year, one of the progressive growers even got 160 maund/acre,” he said.
“We are the pioneer in introducing hybrid coarse rice. Our researchers in collaboration with the Chinese counterparts are working to introduce hybrid basmati varieties with the same traits, basmati is known for, and better per acre yield,” Malik said.
Dai, an expert from Longping High Tech China, also spoke on the occasion.
Agri Division general manager Rizwan Younis and area sales manager Muhammad Yasir briefed the growers about good agricultural practices (GAP) to get high per acre paddy yield.
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