Islamabad: Memorandum of agreement (MOA) for potato nucleus seed production through tissue culture was signed between three parties i.e National Institute for Genomics and Advanced Biotechnology (NIGAB) PARC-NARC, Economic Transformation Initiative (ETI) Gilgit Baltistan and Department of Agriculture (DoA) Gilgit Baltistan. Signing ceremony was held at NIGAB, NARC on July 3, 2020. Director General NARC Engr. Shamim ul Sabtain Shah was the chief guest at the occasion and representatives of ETI and DoA Gilgit Baltistan along with scientists of NARC and CEO, PATCO were present. Under this agreement NIGAB will produce 50,000 nucleus tubers through tissue culture during 2020-21 and hand over to Department of Agriculture Gilgit-Baltistan for disease free potato seed production in Northern Areas of the country. These 50,000 tubers will be multiplied five times in the field and production of 18,000 tonnes of certified seed worth more than Rs. 1.0 billion will take place. This seed will be sufficient for 15000 acres of potato plantation. Economic Transformation Initiative (ETI, GB) will pay Rs. 35/- per tuber as tuber price through PATCO.
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