Govt. to boost GB’s agriculture on modern techniques. Jamshed Iqbal Cheema.
One Angora Rabit’s wool can produce 4 to 6 high quality shawls a year. Chairman PARC
Islamabad:Mountain Agriculture Research Centre of PARC is solely established for agricultural and rural development of GilgitBaltistan region of Pakistan. PARC is committed to bring advanced agricultural practices to the farmers of GB and to empower local women, a project on the breeding of angora rabbit is started by PARC-MARC at Juglot.
Special Assistant to PM on National Food Security & Research, Mr. Jamshed Iqbal Cheema inaugurated the Angora rabbit Breeding special project. The ceremony was included Agriculture Minister GB, Mr. Muhammad KazimMesam; Chairman PARC, Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan; DG Mountain Agricultural Research Centre (MARC) Gilgit Engineer MunirHussain; DG NARC, Engr. ShamimulSibtain Shah, local farmers and high officials.
During this visit,potential areas of agriculture research and development in GB were discussed, Mr. Jamshed Iqbal Cheema briefed about government initiatives being taken to boost GB agriculture on modern techniques to media persons and local farmers. Also the inauguration and survey of Angora Rabbitry Model Farm at Juglot took place.
Dr. Muhammad AzeemKhan Chairman PARC while briefing about the newly inaugurated project told that angora rabbits are being imported from Nepal, initially a set of 10 angora rabbits have beenbrought at this station. Farmers can annually get 4 to 6 high quality, invaluable shawls from the fur/wool of single rabbit. Hence with low initial cost startup, Angora Rabit farming can be highly profitable in wool industry as it’s the most recognized wool/fur breed besides, residual feed mixed with rabbit manure is also suitable for vermin compost which in turn provides an excellent bio fertilizer for crops. The Chairman alsoadded, that the PARC is trying to extend this project to other districts in GB so that the standard of living of the common people can be raised.