Bread fruit (Artocarpus altitis) plants successfully cultured in Tissue culture laboratory of FQSRI, PARC-SARC, Karachi were handed over to Mr. Sardar Yasin Malik for plantation at his farm located at Damloti Road, Malir, Karachi, Sindh on 04-11-2019. The plants were of six months old and ready to shift in the field.Having need of sub-tropical climatic conditions for its proper growth, the plants have been introduced in southern part of Sindh. The main objective of the activity was their performance evolution in main field and germplasm conservation.
The responsible personnel (Mr. Muhammad Younis) at the site was briefed about the irrigation as well as nutritional requirements of the exotic plant. Bread fruit is a member of Moraceae family and reported to a native of Malaysia and Philippines.
It is used as medicine, insecticides, adhesives, timber, livestock fodder and has become component of agro forestry system in many countries of the world. Its fruit is boiled, baked, steamed, roasted, pickled, fried, fermented and made into flour.
Dr. Akhlaq Ahmed (Director/PSO, FQSRI) and Mr. Parwaiz Ahmed Baloch (PSO) carried out the task under the guidance of Dr. Syed Asim Rehan Kazmi (DG/CSO, PARC-SARC).