Visit of Chairman PARC at AZRI Umerkot and MoU signed between Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and Thar Foundation (TF) Islamakot

 Dr. Yusuf Zafar T.I Chairman PARC along with DG (SARC) visited at PARC-Arid Zone Research Institute, Umerkot on dated 5-2-2019 to 7-2-2019. On first day they visited Pre-cast boundary wall, boundary fence and tree plantation around boundary wall. Dr. Attaullah Khan Director AZRI briefed about construction work under PSDP Project and current activities i.e. Kitchen garden, solar desalination unit, drip irrigation system, herbarium block, hydroponic, nursery, bio-fertilizer plant, grasses, agro forestry block, trails of Rabi crop and orchard  (i.e. Date palm, grafted ber, falsa, olive, chiku, lemon), fish pond, biogas plant. During the visit the Chairman PARC, appreciated the efforts made by the scientists and staff under the leadership of Dr. Attaullah Khan, Director AZRI Umerkot within limited time and available resources.

On second day (6-2-2019) Chairman PARC inaugurated the Moringa plantation around the pre-cast boundary wall for leaves production and wildlife model at PARC-AZRI Umerkot. After the field visit, the Chairman PARC, the DG (SARC) and the Director with scientists of PARC-AZRI proceeded to Thar coal to visit 20 acres orchard and fodder under high efficiency irrigation system establish by PARC-AZRI Umerkot and to sign MoU document.

The objective of the MoU is to grow fruit trees and fodder through high efficiency irrigation system, livestock, poultry and fisheries related interventions in arid/rural areas of Pakistan. Syed Murtaza Azhar Rizvi, Director site operations and Umair Aslam Butt, Manager Health Safety & Environment Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) Islamkot, appreciated the PARC efforts in agriculture sector and also thanked Dr. Yusuf Zafar T.I., Chairman PARC who has kindly consented to get MoU signed between Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) and Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC).

On third day of visit i.e.7-2-2019 the Chairman, PARC, headed the book launching ceremony “Miracle Tree, Importance, Uses and Production Technology of Moringa oleifera in Sindh” published by PARC-AZRI Umerkot, sponsored by arche noVa at Agriculture Research Institute, Tandojam.

In the end, Dr. Attaullah Khan Director AZRI Umerkot offered vote of thanks to all the participants of the seminar.

Dr. Attaullah Khan