Need stressed for sowing climate, saline resistant crops

STAFF REPORT FSD: Vice Chancellor of University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF), Prof. (Dr) Iqrar Ahmad Khan, has said that as many as 6.8 million hectares of land in the country is under the grip of salinity, raising the threat of food insecurity. However, the land could be cultivated by sowing climate and saline resistant crops to increase the production and to alleviate poverty, he added.

He was speaking at a seminar held on Kinnow under the aegis of JK Agricultural Farms.

He said that Kinnow, having the resistance against the salinity and climate changes, is a gluten-free food and also helps in lowering down the threat of increasing blood pressure.

Pointing out that demand of the gluten-free food is increasing, he said that the country has the potential to tap the international market by promoting cultivation. The demand of the Kinnow only in United States stood at $43 million, he said, adding that world key players of the production include Peru, Bolivia, Chilli and Argentina.

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