Islamabad: An inauguration ceremony of Canola Subsidy Scheme under Prime Minister Oil Seed Crops Development Program was held in Pind Nosheri Tehsil Taxila organized by Agriculture Department, Govt. of Punjab. Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan, Chairman, PARC Dr. Muhammad Hashim Popalzai, Federal Secretary for M/o National Food Security & Research, Islamabad, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Federal Minister for Aviation, Malik Nauman Langrial, Minister for Agriculture, Punajb and Dr. Anjum Ali Butter, DG Agriculture Extension, Punjab was also participant of the said ceremony.
While addressing to the Ceremony, Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan, Chairman, PARC said that Canola is an important crop grown as oil seed crop in Pakistan. Canola oil is one of the healthiest and most affordable oils available for cooking and the canola meal remaining after oil extraction is an important source of high-protein meal for livestock feed. The Chairman, PARC further added that Canola Subsidy Scheme will prove an important step in fulfilling the need of edible oil of country and to feed the growing population of country, it is necessary to increase the area of oil seed crops. Low yields due to cultivation of traditional low yielding varieties have been playing a negative role in the low productivity in the country so the challenge is to minimize/ or end edible oil import bill through increased oilseed production by increasing per acre yield.
Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan, Chairman PARC further briefed the participants of the Ceremony that in early 1980s, PARC took initiative to overcome the ever increasing deficit of edible oil through research on quality improvement of rapeseed oil (Canola) in Pakistan and research on canola started at NARC with introduction of Canadian canola cultivar. PARC first time extracted canola oil from the local production and marketed it as Mumta canola through Utility Stores. This resulted in the establishment of different oil industries in the country marketing pure/ branded canola oil i.e., Season canola oil, Kisan canola oil, Dalda canola oil, Habib canola oil, etc. The Chairman also urged that there is needed for development of more uniform and competitive parent lines and testing of more hybrid combinations to identify higher yielding and stress tolerant hybrids. Dr. Anjum Ali Butter, DG, Agriculture (Extension) Punjab said that Govt. is taking revolutionary steps for progress of Agriculture in Pakistan.