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