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PARC ends Pulses Travelling Seminar with results to develop new research ideas. Seminar findings will provide opportunities to improve production of rabi pulses to meet national requirements. Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan, Chairman, PARC

Islamabad:To increase the production and profitability of pulses, Rabi travelling seminar was organized by PARC, from 15th to 31st of March led by Dr. Muhammad Mansoor Joyia. The concluding ceremony of the travelling seminar was chaired by honorable chairman PARC, Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan and DG, NARC, Engr. Shamim-ul-Sibtain Shah while participants across the country were present.

Chairman PARC Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan in his concluding discussions put forward the future research and development activities for the increased production of pulses. He pointed out the potential areas of Baluchistan and the lands of Kuchlak, Muslim Bagh, Qillah Saifullah and Zhob for the production of chickpea and organic pulses.  The Chairman also added that seminars findings will provide new opportunities for researchers to improve the production of pulses to meet the national requirements.

Earlier this journey was set off by Chairman PARC from NARC while participants visited the areas of Fateh jhang, Chakwal, Bhakkar, Faisalabad, Sohbutpur, Bahawalpur, Thal, Sukkur, Umerkot, Larkana, Mastung, Jacobabad, Quetta, Khanpur Jamali, Usta Muhammad, D.I.Khan, Karak and thoroughly evaluated the National Uniform Yield Trial pulses crops. Dr. Muhammad Mansoor Joyia presented the detail report of findings and travelling schedule to Chairman at the concluding session, in which he informed The poor conditions of the chickpea crop Bahawalpur and Thal districts due to prolong drought spell and low production is marked in these areas while local land race of lentil performed outclass in Dasht, Mastung. Farmer trainings, and awareness workshops were also organized in various districts in which PARC developed verities were shared among local farmers.

At the concluding session the participants of traveling seminar made some recommendations for improving pulses productivity. To mitigate the drought impacts, promotion of solar irrigation system equipped with rain gun for Upper and Lower Thal areas, chickpea ridge sowing method in Thal areas was suggested, biozote application in areas where pulses lack nodule formation, early planting of Mungbean in Put feeder Canal area, experimentation for growing of chickpea during the month of February and March, registration of Mastung lentil landrace as a variety and production package for irrigated lentil production in Mastung are some of the significant suggestions for further scaling up of pulses crop.

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