Islamabad(18th August 2017)…… The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) alongwith local and national media recently toured agricultural initiatives led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) at National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), Islamabad.
Dr. Yusuf Zafar T.I., Chairman PARC highlighted the Agricultural Innovation Program’s (AIP) aim to improve farming practices and livelihoods in farming communities especially for smallholders across Pakistan. Dr. Yusuf Zafar further added that the goal of AIP is to increase crop productivity and production value of livestock, horticultural, and cereal crops; thus increasing income for Pakistani farmers. Overall, the AIP aims to have measurable impact on agricultural growth, food security for the poor, and climate change resilience and adaptation in Pakistan’s agricultural sector. He also said that funded by USAID and led by CIMMYT, AIP helped to boost agricultural productivity by bringing new technologies to improve Pakistan’s overall economy as the Agriculture is the largest sector of Pakistan’s economy, supporting half of the country’s labor force.
CIMMYT country representative in Pakistan and AIP project leader, briefed media representatives about the collaboration between USAID and CIMMYT along with NARC and other partners. He highlighted key AIP successes, such as the introduction of new planting machineries and drip irrigation systems.
The tour also visited to Maize fields at NARC where AIP initiatives in improved livestock, maize and wheat were show cased. AIP Scholars, Students who have completed their Master’s degree in the U.S with AIP funds were also present on the occasion and provided information on their experiences and accomplishments.
Director (PR&P) PARC
Edited by: Muhammad Fiaz Joyia
Director (SI), NARC