Six times higher yield in Hydroponic cultivation

The Hydroponic Trial and Demonstration Center opened by Agrico, Qafco and Yara International in 2019 has achieved six times higher yield than the average productivity in Qatar and 50% higher than the best Qatari farmers could achieve by using the similar technologies. The quality of the facilities and the materials used in cultivation, associate with…

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New (GM) cowpea was approved in Nigeria.

Nigeria has approval a new GM cowpea verity, named Sampea 20-T, and carries a microbial insecticidal gene from a bacterium. The new variety carries a microbial insecticidal gene making it resistant to a major pest that affects this crop. It was developed by an international team, led by the African Agricultural Technology Foundation in collaboration…

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PABIC Organized Essay and Posters Competition, 2019 entitled: “Sustainable agriculture in 21 century: Use of Modern Technologies such as CRISPR and Artificial Intelligence for Increased Production and Environmental Protection”

Pakistan Biotechnology Information Center (PABIC) (www.pabic.com.pk), a member of global family of BICs (Biotechnology information centers), was established in January 2006. Since then the PABIC is engaged at different levels to promote the judicious applications of biotechnology for the welfare and development of the country. In order to raise awareness among the young scholars about…

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Organic cotton production rises 56% and reaches eight-year high

Increase in organic cotton production has reached eight-year-high in the past eight years. According to the 2019 Organic Cotton Market Report, by the non-profit organization Textile Exchange. In total, 180,971 metric tons were produced in the last campaign, the largest volume since the beginning of the economic crisis. In fact, although cotton is grown organically…

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UAF Introduces Low Cost, Environmental Friendly Fertilizer

University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) scientists have introduced environment friendly and low cost vemi composite organic fertilizer that will not only grow soil prolificacy but also help minimize the dependency over high cost imported chemical fertilizer, said UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ashraf. He was addressing International Seminar/ workshop “vermi- fertilizer: A potential source of…

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New hybrid maize seeds approved

The Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) has approved 12 new hybrid maize varieties for cultivation across the country. The approval was given at the 7th meeting of the Variety Evaluation Committee (VEC) on maize, sorghum, millet and fodder crops, with PARC Chairman Dr Muhammad Azeem Khan in the chair. Yield potential of the approved varieties…

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Direct rice seeding technology introduced

The University of Agriculture Faisalabad has inaugurate the Direct Rice Seeding Technology (DRST) with 36 per cent water saving and Rs 20,000 per acre expenditures. Due to this technology, farmers can obtain 30 per cent extra yield. This was told by the speakers on the Farmers Day at Chak Bandi Rajoa Sadaat. Dr Ashraf said…

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Kenya Closer to Giving Long-Awaited GMO Cotton a Green Light

Kenya is closing in on commercialising Bt cotton, a high-yielding, genetically modified cotton varieties resistant to the notorious ball worm pests. The crop has undergone two successful seasons of national trials to determine which varieties are suitable for which ecological zones. The outcome has been impressive, biotech researchers say. Dr Charles Waturu, the principal researcher…

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