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Dr. Sardar Ahmad Qureshi

Dr. Sardar Ahmad Qureshi 

Dr. Sardar Ahmad Qureshi born on 14th April 1921 in Jallandhar (India) and got his Master degree in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Punjab University in 1953 and Ph.D. from Washington State University, Pullman.  He was also awarded with an honorary degree of Doctor of Science by University of Agriculture Faisalabad.  Dr. Qureshi started his Research profession by Joining The Lyallpur Research Institute as Research Assistant in March 1947 and retired as Director General Ayub Agricultural Research Institute in 1983 and was honoured by making him Scientist Emeritus. 

Dr. Qureshi was awarded a number of honours during his career including the Tamgha Quaid-e-Azam in 1968 and Pride of Performance in 1979. In the Foreword of the Book entitled “Wheat Research and Development in Pakistan”, Dr. Norman E. Borlaug wrote “The wheat revolution's field commanders were S.A. Qureshi from the Punjab, M. A. Munshi from the Sind, M. Suleman Khan from the Northwest Frontier; and Ignacio Narvaez from Mexico. Together, these four individuals coordinated a massive farm demonstration campaign to introduce the high-yielding varieties and improved agronomic practices to Pakistani farmers in the shortest time possible”. 

Dr. Qureshi served as National Coordinator of Wheat Improvement Project during the period of 1964-70.  He launched a dynamic research programme to evolve high yielding disease resistant and specific purpose varieties at a faster speed.  More than a dozen better adapted varieties of wheat were established some of which became very popular in commercial production both in Pakistan and some Middle East countries.  The new production technology brought great impact in the wheat production that increased from 4.5 million tons in 1964-65 to more than 10 million tons in 1978-79.  Some of the disease resistant high yielding varieties that he evolved were Chenab-70, Barani-70, Sandal, PARI, Lyallpur-73, Indus-79, Chenab-73, Blue Silver, Punjab-76, Bahawalpur-79, Punjab-81 and Punjab-96 while two wheat varieties were named in his honour i.e. SA-42 and SA-75.

USAID in one of the article published in 1972 admired his services and said “ DR. S.A. QURESHI, WHO WAS ONE OF OUR EARLIER PARTICIPANTS IS NOW ONE OF THE FORMOST WHEAT BREEDERS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD”.




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