(Islamabad): A project evaluation and monitoring team of Japan Cooperation Agency, (JICA) funded project on “Capacity Development of Agriculture extension services in Baluchistan Province” called on at NARC on 1st March, 2021. The 3-years project is jointly executed by JICA/PARC and Department of Agriculture Extension Baluchistan.Chairman PARC,
Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan, DG NARC Shamim ul Sibtain Shah, Mr. Nobuki Kojima, Mr. Kenji Nakamura alongwith other high officials joined this meeting.
Mr. Nobuki Kojima and Mr. Kenji Nakamura delivered a brief presentation and stated that as per plan of the project, training of field assistants on vegetable, cereal, and seed production, continued even under COVID pandemic period that is appreciating part of PARC.Trainings on efficient use of fertilizer, Pest management, Water management and agriculture extension techniques were also included in this farmer trainings. According to Dr. FalakNaz, PSO, (API) NARC training of batch-4 is also resumed at API, NARC and completed successfully with 23 field assistant’s participation from upper Baluchistan andphase-1 of the project will be completed in mid-March.
Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan while appreciating the progress made by the project for the capacity building of extension workers of Baluchistan told “besides planned activities of the project, seed and pesticides were alsoprovided on farmers demand, to 3600 farmers of districts; Kech (Turbat), Panjgur, Lasbella, Kharan, Chaghi, Washuk, Noshki, Loralai and Killa Abdullah”. He further said that this project with Japanese team, is fully synergistic with PARC mandate to enhance the technical capacity of provinces in agriculture. He expressed future cooperation between the two organizations for the promotion of agriculture in Pakistan.
(Ghulam Shabbir Mirza)
Incharge (PR&P) PARC