In response to this challenge, CGIAR's International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center or CIMMYT
, with funding from our foundation, USAID and the Howard Buffett Foundation, developed more than 150 new maize varieties that could withstand drought conditions.
, Dr Martin Kropff, now visiting Pakistan, held a meeting with Minister for National Food Security and Research Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan on Thursday and offered cooperation of the Mexico-based organisation in tackling the prevalent threat of FAW in Pakistan.
The DG CIMMYT
called on Minister for National Food Security and Research Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan and discussed the future course of action to promote the cooperation in the field of agriculture research and development, particularly in wheat and maize production.
and other organisations have advanced several MLN management practices in farmers' and in seed fields.
Forty nine exotic wheat genotypes received from CIMMYT
International Wheat Improvement Network (Table 1) were planted in a triplicated randomised complete block design at Arid Zone Research Institute, Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan in November, 2013.
The Conference was jointly organized by US-AID, CIMMYT
and Pakistan Agriculture Research Council.
"Raj has a tremendous memory for wheat varieties," says Hans-Joachim Braun, a former student of Rajaram's and now the director of the Global Wheat Program at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT
The congress had representations from World Bank, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid-Tropics (ICRISAT) and International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT
) along with more than 500 farmers from across the country participated.
Borlaug, succeeding him as head of the wheat breeding program at CIMMYT
in Mexico, and then carried forward and expanded upon his work, breaking new ground with his own invaluable achievements including the development of an astounding 480 varieties of wheat.
The minor genes/APR genes, Sr2/Yr30, Lr34/Yr18, Lr46/Yr19 are being exploited in wheat breeding at CIMMYT
and other places.