Monday, October 11, 2010

University of Califonia Experts for measures to sustain production of 'kinno'

Agriculture experts have revealed that the greening disease of citrus fruit has threatened survival of "kinno" in the main citrus producing countries and called for preventive measures to sustain production of the fruit.

Professor Mark S Hoddle, Resource Person University of California USA Riverside, said California and Punjab have similar climatic conditions for agricultural practices and this is an appropriate time to boost mutual co-operation in the field of collaborative research in order to build bridges for the betterment of mankind.

Professor Hoddle said that on his way back to USA, he would convey this soft and mild message to the scientific community for more collaborative and joint ventures in the field of agriculture and livestock with Pakistan, reported a web-site of agricultural news on Tuesday.

Another expert Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor, University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) said citrus fruit is being cultivated in more than 100 countries of the world and it is the second highest horticulture crop after grapes. He highlighted that a disease-free citrus nursery project, in collaboration with US, is running at UAF under his supervision, saying it is the only way to ensure survival of "Kinno" which is under life threat due to the greening disease.

Dr Iqrar said UAF developed this virus free plants nursery in order to gradually replace infected plants of "Kinno" orchards and asked the scientists to redesign Integrated Pest Management (IPM) mechanisms to obtain organic fruits and vegetables. Concluding, he said "Kinno" is not only the most delicious and juicy fruit, but also a cheap source of vitamin supplement for common man in Pakistan.

Professor Dr Muhammad Ashfaq, Dean Faculty of Agriculture said plant protection mechanism needs to be revamped and it is the duty of entomologists to shift their focus from chemical controls to biological control. He said UAF has developed practicable and affordable rearing technique of farmer friendly biological agents in order to maintain the bio-diversity. Professor Dr Anjum Sohail, Chairman Department of Agri. Entomology hoped that by the visits of foreign scientists, they would be able to redesign plant protection strategies in accordance with the modern practices.


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