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Pulses Seeds For 36,280 Acres Distributed Under Productivity Enhancement of Pulses Program; Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC)

The initiative was aiming at strengthening overall pulses seed production in the country to attain self-sufficiency in seed production for fulfilling the domestic requirements of the commodity. Currently, Pakistan was producing about 712 thousand tons of major pulses including chickpea, lentil, mung, and mash beans. The rest of these pulses must be imported to meet the demand of the country, said adding that PARC had initiated a 5-year project titled “Promoting Research for Productivity Enhancement in Pulses” funded by the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) with the worth of Rs1,437 million to promote pulses production across the country. Moreover, farmers have been provided seed on 50% cost-sharing for an area of 36,000 acres through which 15,480-ton certified seed will be produced which will be a breakthrough in overcoming the shortage of national pulses seed production, they remarked. Farmers will be provided with pulses related 2,495 farm machines at 50 % cost-sharing basis, he said adding that farming communities will be trained for the promotion and productivity enhancement of pulses which will increase yield by 15-20%.

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