On the recommendation of Director Advanced Studies and in the light of their research scholars of Sindh Agriculture University have been awarded PhD degree during a brief ceremony held at Vice Chancellor Secretariat on Thursday.

Sajid Ali Rao, a Scholar of the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Faculty of Crop Production, conducted the research on “Quantitative genetic analysis of rapeseed under water stress conditions”, under the supervision of Dr. Abdul Wahid Baloch, while his co-supervisors were Dr. Siraj Ahmed Channa and Dr. Liaquat Ali Bhutto.

Rasool Bux Kalhoro, a Scholar in the Department of Agronomy, Faculty of Crop Production, conducted research on “Joint Plant Strategies for Soybean Growth”, his supervisors were Dr. Ghulam Mustafa Leghari and Co-Supervisors were Dr. Ghulam Hyder Jamro and Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim Keerio.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Dr. Fateh Marri said that food has become a major issue in the world, in this regard, experts should conduct research on new varieties; he said that agriculture is playing an important role in growing population, food security and the country’s GDP.

He said that Pakistan’s oil and food import bill surged 73 per cent to $14.97 billion in the July-December period compared to $8.67bn a year ago owing to higher international prices and massive depreciation of the rupee, he said that data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) showed the share of these products in the total import bill also rose to 37pc during the six-month period.

He urged the experts to do more research on oilseeds to meet the demand for edible oil and research on new varieties to increase the yield per acre, to reduce the import bill on edible oil and also to reduce the trade deficit.

Dr. Qamaruddin Chachar, Dean, Faculty of Crop Production, Dr. Mubeen Lodhi, Director of Advanced Studies, Dr. Shahnawaz Marri and other professors were present on the occasion

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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