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Pakistan: Floriculturists stagger to hybrid transformation on sinking yields

Elderly floriculturists in Sindh can vividly recall blissful days they have spent while producing a variety of flowers for local markets and used to enjoy earning throughout a year.

At that time, they said they had local seeds for developing nurseries. They never imagined and they would spend so much on chemical inputs, operating tube wells on diesel and a widely use of machinery.

Floriculture hybridisation, a method of crossing two genetically different individuals for plant breeding, is a new phenomenon for them. It has created problems, forcing gardeners to spend more money on purchasing seeds seasonally in the name of receiving high yields.

Expenses on cultivation and maintenance are higher than the prices they receive in markets, gardeners said. A few years ago, producers incurred Rs5,000 (78 USD) per acre for cultivation on local seedling. Now, they have to pay more than Rs100,000 (1560 USD) per acre after an emergence of high yielding varieties.

Read more at The News (Jan Khaskheli)

Publication date: 8/31/2017



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