Pakistan Agricultural Research Council

Two million disease-resistant potato tubers produced, using tissue culture technology

Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Chairman Dr Muhammad Azeem Khan recently made a statement saying that in Pakistan, tissue culture technology is now starting to be used widely for large-scale plant multiplication, giving a science-based solution for plant propagation, disease elimination and plant improvement.

“Due to disease attacks on local potato varieties, the country has to import potato tubers from Holland. Through this agreement -in coordination with private sector- we will produce virus free potato tubers locally, which will save our valuable foreign exchange,” the chairman said.

PATCO CEO Dr Muhammad Amjad and Green System Pakistan CEO Rana Tahawar Ali Khan signed the agreement on behalf of their organizations. Dr Amjad said this accord is another chapter of cooperation between PARC-PATCO and Green System Pakistan, as the parties will work together to develop screen houses at NARC for expansion to up to two million potato tubers, which would help to reduce import of potato seeds.


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