Use of bio-tech stressed for cotton breeding

STAFF REPORT MULTAN: Agriculture scientists can improve cotton yield through the use of bio-technology in breeding programmes of cotton, said Dr Aslam Bhutti, Regulatory Scientist BASF America.

Addressing a seminar on “Genetics Changes in Cotton and Needs of 21th Century” organized by Evyol and Central Cotton Research Institute (CCRI) jointly, here, he said that Pakistan could be brought in the list of top cotton producing countries by working on breeding programme. Bio-technology is vital to enhance yield and change financial condition of farming community.Describing different challenges being faced by cotton sector, Cotton Commissioner Dr Khalid Abdullah stressed the need for changing priorities to improve the produce. He also highlighted different measures being adopted by the government to enhance earning from cotton sector.

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