Sindh Agriculture University (SAU) will launch a project to plant oil palms in coastal districts to meet the shortage of edible oil, which is being funded by the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC).

According to the statement released by the spokesman of the university, the Sindh Agriculture University (SAU) Tando Jam will start research work to meet the shortage of edible oil in the country by planting new oil palms with modern technology in different areas of coastal districts of Sindh. In this regard, the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council has also approved a three-year Project for the SAU, which will be launched under the supervision of Dr Allah Wadhayo Gandahi, Professor of the Department of Soil Science. Prof Dr Allah Wadhayo Gandahi and his team members presented the project documents to Dr Fateh Muhammad Marri, Vice Chancellor, Sindh Agricultural University.

On this occasion, Dr Fateh Muhammad Marri congratulated the team on winning the project and said that Pakistan is an agricultural country, even so, we have to import 75% of our demand for edible oil, and the import bill is about four billion dollars a year.

He said that soil and climate of coastal areas including Thatta, Sujawal and Badin are suitable for better production of oil palm. The project will pave the way for large-scale cultivation of oil palms in coastal districts due to modern research and improved commodities.

Project team member Dr Muhammad Saleem Sarki was also present on the occasion along with Dr Gandahi.

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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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