STAFF REPORT IBD: The American agricultural scientists under the US government-sponsored Wheat Productivity Enhancement Programme (WPEP) are in regularly collaboration with Pakistani scientists on research to combat diseases affecting Pakistan’s principal crops particularly cotton and wheat.

Two high-level American scientists are currently in Pakistan to conduct research on the crop diseases causing losses in income and a threat to food supplies.

A series of workshops were conducted this week by these scientists in coordination mainly with the Pakistan Agricultural Research Commission (PARC).

Speaking to Pakistani scientists at a research lab in Murree, Dr. Kay Walker Simmons, Deputy Administrator of the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, said that wheat is the lifeline for Pakistani.

He said that the WPEP is an example of how American and Pakistani scientists are collaborating to find a seed resistant to infectious wheat diseases.

According to him, the work together helps Pakistani farmers spend less money on wheat seeds and ultimately leads to increased incomes and wheat yield for farming communities throughout Pakistan.

A US embassy statement said these scientific collaborations are part of the broader US effort to help Pakistan boost agricultural productivity.

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