The U.S.-Pakistan Wheat Productiveness Enhancement Mission (WPEP) at present introduced collectively wheat researchers from the Worldwide Maize and Wheat Enchancment Middle (CIMMYT) and the US Division of Agriculture (USDA) to rejoice progress within the international battle towards wheat ailments. On the occasion, USDA Agricultural Counselor in Pakistan Clay Hamilton, CIMMYT nation consultant Mohammad Imtiaz, and Secretary of the Ministry of Meals Safety and Analysis Seerat Asghar offered eleven new wheat planters to WPEP companions. These planters, accompanied by different upgrades, will permit WPEP’s provincial companion establishments to speed up analysis and produce larger yielding wheat varieties for Pakistan.
One in all highest priorities of the WPEP program is to introduce illness resistant wheat varieties into Pakistan. The ‘UG99’ wheat rust illness poses the best risk to Pakistan’s wheat crop. Whereas ‘UG99’ has not but reached Pakistan, the event of resistant varieties and their availability to farmers is vital to making sure that Pakistan’s wheat crop is protected. Towards this finish, WPEP has efficiently launched two new UG99-resistant wheat varieties: ‘NARC 2011’ and ‘Pak-13.’
A visiting USDA wheat scientist has been working with Pakistani and CIMMYT colleagues for the previous 5 days. These wheat consultants have evaluated new, high-yielding wheat varieties for resistance to illness and environmental adaptability. The most effective of those varieties will likely be handed on to farmers in Pakistan.
In his remarks on the opening ceremony, USDA Agriculture Counselor in Pakistan Clay Hamilton mentioned: “At this time’s occasion is yet one more instance in a longstanding sequence of profitable scientific collaborations between the US and Pakistan in agriculture. It is a prime instance of collaboration between governments and analysis institutes which are so vital. In reality, this 12 months we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Norman Borlaug starting work in Pakistan to enhance wheat productiveness.
Secretary Asghar shared Hamilton’s sentiments stating, “Now we have been the recipients of information and gear from the US. Conserving tempo with wheat necessities is essential for us. This isn’t a machine – it’s a expertise that has been transferred to us.”
The five-year WPEP mission focuses on monitoring wheat ailments, growing and introducingdisease resistant varieties, upgrading infrastructure, fostering scientific exchanges betweenPakistan and the US, and educating farmers new agronomic methods.