Arid University Produces Off Season Vegetables.
ISLAMABAD, August 10, 2011 (Frontier Star): The Arid Agriculture
University, Rawalpindi Tuesday completed Higher Education Commission
(HEC) sponsored research project on commercial viability of hydroponic
vegetable production and its marketing at international level.The
research project has been completed by faculty members and students of
the University, which is now capable of exporting about one ton of high
quality off season vegetables to Middle East on daily basis, said a
press release issued here today.This ongoing activity is generating
valuable foreign exchange through export promotion for the already
foreign exchange deficit country. Major products include tomato on vine,
cherry tomato and coloured bell pepper (orange, yellow and red).
Previously, Pakistan was importing beef tomato, coloured bell pepper and
cherry tomato from international market. With the success of this
project, the University is now able to substitute these imports saving
valuable foreign exchange for the country. These products are also
available in Pakistan in major cities on superstores. The University is
also conducting research on production of different vegetables under the
same hydroponics system including tomato on vine, beef tomato, cherry
tomato, strawberry tomato, cucumber, bitter gourd, egg plant and white
onion. This hydroponics system ensures disease and pesticide free
vegetables in the country. These products are recognized for their
taste, shape, colour and quality.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)