MULTAN   -   The agriculture scientists of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture (MNSUA) developed climate resilient hybrid wheat seeds, which offered 35 to 40 percents more wheat production as compared to other commonly used wheat seeds.

Due to climatic variations especially during last stage of wheat crop this year, the production of wheat underwent huge damages and it reduced per acre production. However, the hybrid wheat did not undergo any loss but it offered handsome production, this was stated Chairman Department of Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization, (MNSUA) Dr Zulfiqar while talking to APP.

He informed that hybrid wheat was sown in two different places, Multan and Faisalabad by the varsity scientists. The average production of hybrid wheat remained 66 maund/acre  in Multan and 60 maund/acre in Faisalabad. However, the other general (routine) varieties  of wheat could offer maximum 40 maund/acre in Multan and 35 maund/acre in Faisalabad. He added that it was huge difference of production. Hybrid wheat offered over 35 to 40 percent more production. Dr Zulfiqar added that the Australian scientists also assisted MNSUA scientists in preparation of hybrid wheat seeds.

Similarly, hybrid wheat also proved climate resilient. Dr Zulfiqar sensitized that climatic variations had become very common phenomenon in our region. If the climate remained changing  in the same way, then it would be detrimental to agriculture sector of the region. He observed that hybrid varieties could  face the climatic changes amicably and thus could save agriculture sector from losses. Enumerating different features of hybrid wheat, he informed that 30kg hybrid seeds were used in an acre. However, for other general varieties, over 50 kg wheat seed was used in an acre. Hybrid wheat has another important feature of early harvest as compared to other varieties. It could be harvested one weak early.

The chairman ORIC observed that hybrid wheat seed had immense nutritional value as it contained more iron and zinc. Dr Zulfiqar also informed that hybrid wheat was highly cost effective, compared to other varieties. One bag of DAP, Urea fertilizer each is sufficient in an acre. Similarly, hybrid wheat seeds are disease resistant too. Dr Zulfiqar claimed that hybrid wheat seed was future of agriculture sector in the country. He hoped that hybrid wheat would be very common within next three years.