LAHORE: The launch of Chinese hybrid rice in Pakistan will bring a revolution in production with yield of 18 tons per hectare or more than 150 maunds per acre, said experts on Tuesday. They said that both China and Pakistan currently sow around 7-8 tons per hectares that is 15% more than conventional yield of rice. Sino-Pakistan Hybrid Rice Research Centre (SPHRRC) Director Mohammad Zubair said that the new rice variety would help increase per acre yield for Pakistani farmers and increase export of rice to other countries, including China, in the future. Noted environmentalist Dr Maqsood said that the global rice production is likely to fall in coming years due to climate change and its impacts, so it is high time for Pakistan to avail benefit from the upcoming demand.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 30th, 2017.