STAFF REPORT ISB: The soybean cultivation can boost the local edible oil industry because importing 456 million dollar Soybean oil causes a huge load on national exchequer. Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) must adapt innovative technologies in order to enhance soybean cultivation in the country. This was stressed in a seminar held at PARC in the presence of various scientists and media persons.

Dr Azeem Khan, Director General, National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) while addressing to the participants said, “Soybean is one of the most valuable crops in the world not only as an oil seed crop and feed for livestock and aquaculture, but also as a good source of protein for the human diet and as a bio-fuel feedstock”.

“Keeping in view the importance of soybean crop and huge import bill of soya meal and oil, Oilseeds Research Program of PARC has planted seed multiplication blocks of soybean promising varieties on 200 acres at NARC farm and also distributed seed to different Government Departments and farmers. Objective of the activity is to revive and promote an important crop in the country and save foreign exchange on the import of soybean oil and meal”, he added.

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