China is about to launch a hybrid rice type in Pakistan that has 18 tons per hectare yield. The father of hybrid rice globally, Professor Yuan Longping guided Chinese researchers to develop this innovative rice seed.
The benefit of this launch will be that Pakistani farmers will be able to grow much more rice per acre field. Thus it would enable Pakistan to export to more countries and the economy of the country would boost up.
Professor Yuan said, “We will be happy to share the seed variety with Pakistan which is our great friend.” He said this in a discussion session organized by the Guard Agriculture Research and Services (Pvt) Limited that is the creator of hybrid rice in the country, and China’s biggest agriculture research company, Yuan Longping Hi-Tech Industries.
Guard Agriculture Executives said, “Currently, China imports 30 per cent to 40 per cent of rice from Pakistan. The new rice variety will help the country to enhance rice exports to the neighboring country in the years to come.”
Currently, hybrid rice is grown in some areas of Baluchistan and Sindh. The effort by Chinese companies is with the aim to introduce hybrid variety in Punjab as well.
Professor Yuan is a man known worldwide for his work to control food crisis in the world. He was awarded many titles and awards in last 40 years from United Nations (UN) Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the UN World Intellectual Property Organization and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He continues to inspire and work for the people as Director-General of the China National Hybrid Rice Research and Development Center in Changsha, Hunan Province, China. He introduced the concept of achieving rapid growth with higher yield and stress resistance. Now his discoveries and innovation would benefit Pakistan as well and improve the overall economy of the country.