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Improving water productivity in rice ecosystem inevitable PBHA

LAHORE: Improving water productivity in the rice ecosystem is
inevitable for sustainable rice production and boosting rice exports
of Pakistan from the current US$2 billion to US$5 billion.

Pakistan Basmati Heritage Association (PBHA) Director Sheikh Adnan
Aslam made these remarks at ‘Khushal Kissan’ seminar arranged by the
Association for promotion and preservation of basmati rice heritage of
Pakistan. Hundreds of rice farmers especially from Jhang district and
key members of PBHA including Chaudary Muhammad Shahzad & Raja Arsalan
attended the event.

Sheikh Adnan Aslam while addressing the rice farmers
shared the mission & objectives of Pakistan Basmati Heritage
Association (PBHA) for mitigating challenges of Basmati Rice
production and action plan for promotion and preservation of Basmati
rice in production and export. He said our country is facing a looming
water crisis and improving water productivity in rice ecosystem is
inevitable.

Malik Imtiaz Director of Punjab Seed Corporation advised the farmers
that use of certified seed every year will serve as a foundation for
increasing yield and quality of Basmati rice. He appreciated the
initiative of PBHA for providing healthy and certified seed on
subsidized rate to the farmers.

Chaudhry Masood Iqbal Ex Chairman REAP emphasized that the Government
should introduce new basmati varieties for ensuring rice productivity
and pest resistance.  Praising PBHA mission, he termed it light a ray
of for the rice sector of Pakistan.

Imran Sheikh Coordinator PBHA highlighted the mission of PBHA and
advised the basmati rice farmers to adopt global rice standard of
Sustainable Rice Platform convened by UNE & IRRI for promoting
resource efficiency and sustainability by ensuring food safety.

Rao Muhammad Tariq Senior Manager & Head Advisory Services FFC shared
his views about balance use of fertilizers and the importance of
potash & micronutrients in boosting rice productivity, quality and
profitability. Naeem Farukh Zonal Manager North Engro Fertilizers
highlighted the balanced use of fertilizers by following 4R Principles
(right type, right dose, right place & right time).  Tariq Maqbool,
Deputy Director On-Farm Water Management briefed the participants
regarding dwindling water resources of Pakistan and highlighted the
importance of precision land levelling for improving water efficiency,
yield & income. Dr. Tahir Hussain Awan Rice Research Institute KSK
shared his experience about Direct Seeding Rice and shared the set of
new technology for weed management in DSR.

Safdar Saleem Noul and Mukhtar Khan Baloch delivered a vote of thanks
to the farmers and agri. business companies for their efforts to
educate rice farmers.

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