The Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB) in collaboration with Chinese universities introduced intercropping of different hybrid crops which can add $10 billion to the national economy making the country self-sufficient in edible oil and poultry feed.

The project is part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in view of aligning the research conducted in the university with national aspirations and priorities and in view of its importance in food security and the agricultural economy. Through intercropping of maize and soybeans, the country can save about $10 billion in foreign exchange annually on the import of edible oil and poultry feed.

The Islamia University of Bahawalpur recently organized a special briefing for industrialists and progressive farmers related to the oil industry. They were apprised that intercropping of maize and soybeans was profitable, which could make the country self-sufficient in edible oil and poultry feed. Federal and provincial organizations appreciated the project of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur for the mixed cultivation of maize and soybeans.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Athar Mahboob visited the University Agriculture Farm under the National Research Center of Intercropping at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur. The Vice-Chancellor appreciated the efforts of the Director National Research Center of Intercropping Dr Muhammad Ali Raza, who also introduced this important technology across Pakistan which has been lauded by the higher government and agricultural circles.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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