AZRI, Umerkot (January 25)…………A seminar on January 25, 2016 was organized by PARC and Food and Agriculture organization (FAO) at AZRI, PARC Umerkot. It was organized with series of lectures on “aflatoxin contamination of chilies in Pakistan” Dr.Attaullah Khan, Senior Director, AZRI delivered the welcome address and briefed about chili crop. Chief Guest with other participants visited the collection of chili varieties collected by AZRI (PARC) Umerkot from all over the world.
Speaking on the occasion, consultant FAO, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad said that AZRI, Umerkot will provide good quality / healthy seed of chili with collaboration of some progressive chili farmers during this crop season. He said that irrigation and storage method should be changed with proper storage systems at farm level.
Speaking on the occasion the chief guest, Chairman Senate Standing Committee for Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Syed Muzzafar Hussain Shah advised to ensure the availability of pure / healthy chili seed through AZRI PARC Umerkot during this year. He also urged the easy availability of seed to farmers with technologies of nursery development on urgent basis to facilitate the farmers this year as much as possible. He further said that one demo for good storage practices should be developed at AZRI Umerkot.
Dr. Qasim Chauhadary Professor from Chester University, United Kingdom said that he will help in future for aflatoxin control, technology transfer for the development of aflatoxin test stripsin collaboration with PARC. Further he briefed about the lateral flow device, serological technologies-2 for the testing of aflotoxin in agri-commodities with easy approach. Ex-DG, SARC shared the experiences and technologies developed by SARC since last 12 years. Dr. Saqib Arif SSO SARC Karachi, presented the activities and reseach conducted by FQSRI, SARC Karachi on aflatoxin management of chili. Other local farmers i.e. Mir Zafarullah, Main Saleem and Mian Saeed Ahmed also spoken on aflatoxin contamination of chilies in Pakistan.
At the end Dr. Amjad Pervez DG.SARC delivered the vote of thanks.
Dr. Attaullah Khan Edited by: Muhammad Fiaz Joyia
Senior Director, AZRI, Umerkot Senior Director (SI), NARC
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