Biotech Updates

PARC Allowed to Grow Hybrid Fodder Crops on Commercial Basis

November 18, 2015

The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has allowed the commercial cultivation of two newly developed hybrid varieties of fodder crops in the country. The two varieties were developed and tested in pilot projects before large-scale cultivation, officials say. Both hybrid varieties were obtained through experiments on the Sorghum Sudan Grass (S.S). The S.S fodder hybrids are high yielding with wider adaptability.

"The idea of evolving two new SS hybrid fodder varieties gained currency after we found evidence through initial research that they can give higher per-hectare yield and can also be grown even in not-so-friendly climatic conditions," says a PARC official. Dr. Nadeem Amjad, PARC Chairman, lauded the efforts of the scientists and other stakeholders for introducing the new varieties.

Read more at the Pakistan Biotechnology Information Center website.