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Pakistan, US Jointly Introduce New Wheat Variety

11 October 2013

PAKISTAN & US - Scientists from the United States (US) and Pakistan have introduced and tested 'NARC-2011', a new variety of wheat resistant to the feared 'UG-99' wheat variety.

According to details, the Wheat Productivity Enhancement project (WPEP) of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has shown its highest priority to introduce disease resistant wheat varieties to Pakistan, The Technology Times quoted.

"The WPEP is working with Pakistani and international scientists to introduce, evaluate and release new high-yielding disease resistant wheat varieties," said an official of the NARC while speaking about this development.

According to Business Recorder, he said that the project is making progress following the successful testing and release of a highly productive variety that survives even the most destructive wheat disease.

At a recently held two-day WPEP annual wheat planning meeting, the participants agreed that making "UG 99" resistant varieties available to farmers is a critical step in ensuring protection of wheat crop.

American and Pakistani agricultural scientists have expressed satisfaction over the progress made by the WPEP.

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