Islamabad (May 11)……A high level eight members delegation from Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) led by Mr. Farhat Karim Hashmi, Executive Vice-President, Planning Research and Technology Division (PRTD) visited National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) for cooperation in promotion and transfer of modern agriculture technologies, new varieties of crops, machinery and scientific knowledge to small farmers to increase production of agriculture sector in order to meet the national goal of food security and to uplift the socio-economic condition of poor and small farmers of the country.
The other members of the delegation include Mr. Muhammad Ikramul-Haq, Senior Vice President (SVP), Agri. Technology Division, Mr. Adris Ahmad Bajwa, SVP Agri. Technology, Mr. Muhammad Rashid, SVP Planning and Research Division, Mr. Hammad Qadeer Khan, AVP Planning and Research Department, Mr. Sabah Mufti, SVP, Credit Policy Department, Mr. Khurram Saeed Khan, VP ATD and Dr. M. Ramzan, VP Farmers Training Department.
Dr. Nadeem Amjad, Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) while presiding over meeting with ZTBL delegation presented PARC overview. He highlighted PARC presence in the provinces including Gilgit-Baltistan, AJ&K and FATA with its research centres and institutes to cover all ecological zones of the country. He said that PARC beside agricultural research and coordination with provinces and international organizations also developing capacity of the agricultural research and extension staff of provinces and farmers of the country to improve agro-livestock production in the country on modern lines.
Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan, Director General of National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) gave a detail presentation on NARC; strategic research on national & regional priorities, emerging challenges in agriculture, explanatory research on new commodities, gap filling in regional research agencies, collaboration & linkages with international research centres, provincial research systems, extension & development agencies, services to national systems through conservation & supply of germplasm, human resources development and commercialization of technologies & products. He said 401 scientists including 120 Ph.Ds, over 19 research institutes, number of research labs are focusing over 96 disciplines of agriculture. He also highlighted PIASA degree program and other facilities at the Centre. He also explained NARC achievements: development of new crops varieties / hybrids in wheat, maize, rice, sunflower, canola, mung, masoor, soybean, sugarcane and horticultural crops; promotion of kiwi plants, avocado, mexican lemon and other citrus plants; clean nurseries and citrus mother blocks; verities development of citrus, guava, papaya, grapes and pomegranate; production of disease free banana plant; kitchen gardening program; seed production programs; promotion of olive cultivation in Pakistan; new farm machineries; compost plant; and other technologies commercialized in various fields of agriculture.
Dr. Munir Ahmad, Chief Scientist and Director General, Agricultural Engineering Division PARC briefed about the farm machinery developed by PARC and commercialized in Pakistan which include reaper, zero-tillage drill, wheat straw chopper, rice thresher, seed processor, groundnut digger / thresher, planter, seed drill, new machines, PTO driven disk plough, seeder for direct seedling of wheat in combine field, sisal decorticator for fiber extractin, silage bale and wrapper, fodder cutter, in-bin rice dryer, turmeric dryer, wood chipper and shredder, vegetable planter, fruit and vegetable solar dehydrators, hot water treatment plant for mango, climate and water smart irrigation technologies, solar-cum-gas fired dryer for dates and banana and other technologies.
Dr. Ahmad Bakhsh Mahar, Member Plant Sciences PARC, Dr. Muhammad Zubair, DDG (Plant Production), Dr. Muhammad Munir, Director Water Resources and other senior scientists of PARC also highlighted innovations of their fields.
Mr. Farhat Karim Hashmi, Executive Vice-President, Planning Research & Technology Division (PRTD) ZTBL and other members of delegation showed their interest in PARC technologies for cooperation to transfer new varieties of field and horticultural crops, machinery and other innovations to small farmers and seed production program to serve the needs of the farming community to enhance the production of agriculture sector in Pakistan.
Later on, the delegation visited NARC crops field area, water reservoir for harvesting of rainwater for agriculture use, small unit of silage production, compost plant and horticultural field area.
(Sardar Ghulam Mustafa) Edited by: Muhammad FiazJoyia
DG (PR&P) PARC Sr. Director (SI), NARC
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