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Four new wheat varieties to be introduced soon
Four new varieties, possessing a production potential better than the famous Inqilab-91 variety of wheat, would soon be introduced in the country.

Addressing a news conference here on Sunday, Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Livestock Sikandar Hayat Bosan said, “The new varieties included Fareed-06, Sehar-06, TD1 and a variety from Faisalabad.”

He said, “The government is offering a record Rs 12.320 billion subsidy to farmers on fertilisers, including all phosphate and potash fertilisers that play key role in enhancing production of wheat and other crops.”

Bosan disclosed that the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) has allowed import of 100,000 tonnes of urea this year. He said fertilisers companies would publish new price lists, showing reduced prices of fertilisers from Monday while importers would also do so within a few days.

Bosan said the newspapers mentioned only DAP fertilisers regarding reduction in prices and explained that prices of fertilisers were reduced on the basis of phosphate contents in them. He said the DAP contains 46 per cent phosphate contents so its price was reduced by Rs 250 while the price of another fertiliser was reduced by Rs 125 as it had only 23 per cent of the required content.

Bosan said the government was also offering a huge subsidy to farmers on Urea fertilisers. He said 400,000 tonnes of urea was imported during the last Kahrif season and despite increase in gas prices, the prices of urea remained unaffected due to better supply system. He said, the country produces 85 per cent of the required urea at home and the remaining 15 to 18 per cent was imported to meet domestic requirement.

The minister reiterated the government’s pledge to continue to offer subsidies to the farming community and added that the credit to revive this culture of subsidies goes to the government. "The subsidies to farmers had started fading out in 1990, but, our government revived them for the greater good of the farmers and the national economy,” Bosan claimed. He urged upon the farmers to try to sow new wheat varieties.
MGR Archive 2.10.2006
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