ISLAMABAD – President of the International Exchange and Cooperation Branch of China Seed Association, Zhang Qin said that a new rice variety would be introduced with cooperation of Chinese scientists to cultivate in Pakistan which could be used for both grain and forage.
“Pakistan is a major rice-growing and exporting country. China’s high-quality and high-yield rice varieties have been widely promoted in Pakistan. Pakistan has sufficient sunlight and fewer plant diseases and pests, making it easier to obtain high yields,” said Zhang Qin who is also the CEO of Win-all Hi-Tech Seed Co., Ltd. Win-all Hi-Tech has been doing seed cooperation with Pakistan for almost 25 years. “We entered the Pakistani market in 2007. The growth period of the first variety we introduced to Pakistan was 20 days shorter than that of the local variety, and the output is more than 100% higher. It caused a great flutter among rice farmers in Sindh, Pakistan at that time, she told China Economic Net (CEN).
Zhang Qin informed that the company is now cooperating with scientists from Chinese Academy of Sciences to cultivate a new rice variety that can be used for both grain and forage. They use the genes of brittle culm and efficient nitrogen utilization to transform current rice varieties, so that the grain of plants can be eaten by humans, and the straw can feed cattle and sheep. “Now we are testing this dual-purpose rice variety extensively in China. The straw is very tasty for livestock. Lambs, in...
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