Pakistan produces 6.8mn ton rice in 2015-16


The introduction of hybrid seeds has resulted in higher production of rice as the country has produced 6.8 million tons of crop during the year 2015-16.

"The hybrid production has also raised our exports and in the year 2015-16 we have been able to export around 3 million tons of rice," Parliamentary Secretary on National Food Security and Research Rajab Ali Baloch told the National Assembly during the question-hour session.

Replying to a question of MNA Aisha Syed, he said the ministry through its research establishments was taking necessary steps to facilitate the fruit growers in the country to increase the production and improve its quality to meet international standards. Due to efforts and work of our experts we have been able to produce hybrid canola, sun flower and maize seeds of international standards, he added.

He stated that during the past two to three years no complaint was received with regard to export of rice and "kinnow" adding, "the government has been successful to improve quality of agricultural products and address complains on their packing for the export purpose."

He said the government had taken various steps to improve the quality of crops. "We have introduced integrated management strategies for fruit flies control in mango, citrus and guava orchards. We have also introduced Mechanized Harvesting and De-sapping in mangoes."

He said the trainings of service providers on export quality production through Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and hot water treatment for mango export and blast chill requirements for "kinnow" export had also been undertaken.


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