AIP- Agronomy National Meeting – 2017 inaugurated in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: (2nd August, 2017)  ……. “Farm crop productivity can be increased by adopting resource conserving crop management technologies and the active involvement of public, private sector and farmers for transfer of technologies is important.” said Dr Ghulam Ali, Member and AIP focal point of the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) at inaugural session of two-day AIP-Agronomy National meeting – 2017. He appreciated CIMMYT and national partners’ efforts in development and dissemination of crop management techniques to the farming community in the country. The meeting is being jointly organized by CIMMYT and PARC under USAID’s Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) for Pakistan. National partners from all over Pakistan will share progress on AIP’s agronomy activities, and discuss implementation related issues and future activities at the event. The inaugural session was attended by75 agriculture professionals from various provincial and federal research institutes, agriculture extension, universities, private companies and international research centers, who are involved in agronomy research and dissemination of CA technologies among the farming community under AIP.

CIMMYT Country Representative and AIP Project Leader, informed participants that 23 national public and private sector partners are collaborating on crop management activities under USAID funded AIP. CIMMYT is also collaborating with private sector for local production of new planters.

Cropping System Agronomist, informed the participants that conservation agriculture techniques such as zero tillage wheat and ridge planting of wheat are being disseminated in the country under AIP for Pakistan. CIMMYT is also collaborating with manufactures for local production of zero-tillage Happy Seeder for wheat planting after combine harvested rice, Multi-crop planter for DSR and Push row planter for maize planting in KPK. Under AIP agronomy project, CIMMYT, in collaboration with national partners have reached to 12000 farmers through dissemination of zero tillage, ridge planting, better nutrient management, provision of planters, training of farmers, national scientists and organizing farmer field days. These techniques are helping farmers in saving water, avoiding residue burning, reducing cost of production and improving profits.

 (Maqbool Shahbaz)                                                               Edited by: Muhammad Fiaz Joyia
Director (PR&P) PARC                                                             Director (SI), NARC
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