Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) will release four new long- and extra long- grain rice varieties aimed at increasing productivity and income of medium- and smallholder farmers. The new varieties are insect-resistant, high-yielding and will target the export market. .
PARC has been developing modern crop varieties to promote agriculture in remote and underdeveloped areas in the country to alleviate poverty and end hunger and malnutrition.
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