Dr. A W Gandahi, Focal Person and Professor Department of Soil Sciences, Dr. Mujahid Hussain Laghari, Chairman, High Power Farm Management Committee, Prof Dr. Muhammad Ismail Kumbhar, Director UA & FA, and Nasir Memon, Ph.D. Scholar conducting his Ph.D. research work on Oil Palm Plantation in Sindh attended the meeting at Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam. Prof Dr. Fateh Muhammad Mari, emphasise and urged the scholars, academia, and researcher to conduct research for technology development, commercialization, digital financing for farmers, and develop linkages with stakeholders for the development of oil seed crops in Sindh Pakistan. Prof Dr Fateh Muhammad Mari further added that to provide quality planting material of oil palm to the farmers a tissue culture lab will be established at Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam, and simultaneously the Research and Development site already established will further strengthen production technology and also develop the ground for academia, research and farmers for modern agriculture. It is imperative to concentrate on the Research and Development of local oil and oil seeds in Pakistan together with public and private partnerships and SAU will also extend and revise the MoU for further commercialization of the project.
He added that the site has successfully conducted research trials on sunflower intercrop with oil palm which resulted in higher yield and better palm plantation growth. Simultaneously the Thai Variety of Oil Palm Cirad started bearing fruits within 3 years and scholars, students of SAU Tandojam have already been engaged in research trials. He added that the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Science CATAS showed great interest to work together on research and development in Oil Palm.