Punjab farmers urged to tap GB’s potential

OKARA-A delegation of Gilgit/Baltistan (GB) Planning and Development Department urged the Okara-based growers to derive benefit from disease-free seeds and potato-friendly weather and soil of the northern areas.
At a seminar, the delegation also urged them to invest in the potato-friendly valleys. It was conducted by GB with the collaboration of the International Fund for Agriculture Development. GB Agriculture Deputy Director Abdul Khabeer, Programme Director Saeed Iqbal and Gilgit Deputy Commissioner Usman Ahmad with the area potato seed growers spoke on the occasion.
Mr Khabeer said there were 300 to 400 valleys in GB conducive for potato cultivation. He said the land of these valleys had natural resistance against potato diseases like aphid, blight, rhizoctonia and common scab. These need no pesticide spray on edible and seed potato crops on GB Farms. He said that in these valleys, they harvest two crops of potato – the first from February to June and the second June to October. In these months, lengthy sunny days and cold night weather are very favorable to the potato crops, he said.
He further said the Punjab area potato growers had a chance to contact with GB growers for potato seed. He said that GB offered cheap electricity to the farmers. He said that there were tissue cultural laboratories in the GB Agriculture Department working and researching on seed diseases. He assured the farmers of security and full support from the agriculture department.
Potato Research and Development Board Chairman Chaudhary Maqsood Jutt, Maize Research and Development Board Chairman Pir Naseemuddin and Okara Potato Grower’s Society President Main Muhammad Siddique were also present.

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