FAISALABAD - Experts on Saturday called for ensuring food security by promoting high resistant crops. They were speaking at a workshop “Production and marketing aspects of quinoa in Pakistan” arranged by the UAF Department of Crop Physiology. The inaugural session was chaired by UAF Faculty of Agriculture Dean Prof Dr Muhammad Arshad while Department Chairman, Prof Dr Shehzad A Basra; Department of Botany Chairman Dr Abdul Wahid, Plant Pathology Chairman Prof Dr Shahbaz Talib Sahi, President Lok Sujakh Lahore Qamar Mehdi, Dr Irfan Afzal, Dr Muhamamd Farooq and Dr Shahid also spoke. Dr Abdul Wahid said increase in per acre production was essential to ensure food security. Dr Shahbaz Talib Sahi said that the country has the potential to tap the international market by promotion its cultivation. Dr Shehzad Basra said the world production of quinoa was 90,000 metric tonnes while Pakistan’s per acre quinoa production was 32 mounds. He also stressed seed management to get maximum yield. Progressive grower Muhammad Ehsan-ul-Haq said that adoption of modern techniques and practices could pave the way for increase in productivity. Dr Irfan Afzal said that adoption of modern methods for storing seed were essential to increase productivity.
Dr Saleem from NIAB said that Pakistan had to explore its resources.
Dr Shahid stressed developing a proper marketing system of quinoa to sell it in Europe and the US to earn foreign exchange.