New crop varieties and latest technology will help to boost agriculture production
Islamabad (May 10, 2017)……Provincial Seed Council Sindh has approved sugarcane varieties viz. Thatta-326 and Thatta-2109 of NSTHRI, Thatta for general cultivation. These varieties will boost productivity and help farmers to uplift their livelihood. This will also put positive impact over country’s economy development. This was stated by Ex-Director, National Sugar & Tropical Horticulture Research Institute, PARC while speaking to participants at Provincial Seed Council Committee meeting. He said that the variety Thatta-2109 is developed through exotic fuzz (true seed) of the bi-parental cross obtained from Hoama, Louisiana, USA. It is early maturing with high cane and sugar recovery potential, good ratooner, good germination, fast growth habit in all growth stages, good tillering ability, semi self trashed, thicker cane stalks, resistant to root, stem and top borers, resistant to smut, rust and red hot diseases.
At the occasion while presenting sugarcane variety Thatta-326 he said that it developed through exotic fuzz (true seed) of the bi-parental cross obtained from Hoama, Louisiana, USA. This combines the distince characters of commercial worth like early maturing with high cane and sugar recovery potential. Good ratooner, good germination, medium fast growth habit at initial and fast in later growth stages, profuse and uniform tillering ability, semi self trashed, medium thicker cane stalks, semi spreading canes, resistant to root, stem and top borers, highly resistant to smut and resistant to rust diseases, moderately resistant to red rot disease.
He said that new crop varieties and latest technology will help to boost sugarcane production. New ways of cultivation and genetically improved seeds helps farmers to grow more and play their more effective role in agriculture sector development.
Director (PR&P) PARC
Edited by: Muhammad Fiaz Joyia
Director (SI), NARC