HYDERABAD : Eminent Australian agriculturist and horticulture manager of Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR) in Philippine John Oakeshott has observed that Sindh has potential to develop horticulture and can generate revenue by producing maximum fruit production, particularly mango. He was delivering a lecture at Sindh Agriculture University Tando Jam on Saturday under Australian Linkage Programme with Higher Education Commission. He said that the ACIAR in collaboration with Sindh Agriculture University would soon start a research project of exploring new varieties of mangoes in order to get maxim yield.

These varieties will have resistance against different diseases, flood as well as salinity and water logging, he said and added that a model nursery of mangoes would also be prepared through linkage programme.

He said Sindh had also potential of producing other fruits, including banana and dates and there was a need to ensure due care of their fertility.

The Dean Faculty of Crop Production Dr Shamsuddin Tunio, in his address, underlined the need for attention of world research organizations for promotion of horticulture in the province.

The Coordinator ACIAR Australian High Commission at Islamabad Dr. Munawar Raza Kazmi and Focal Person Muhammad Ismail Kumbhar also addressed the participants of the lecture.