Vegetable crops are very important due to their higher yield potential, low cost of production and higher nutritional value being the added attributes. Vegetables are comparatively rich source of vitamins and minerals, which are essential for the maintenance of good health and resistance against diseases. Due to progressive development in the country, the level of nutrition and demand for a variety of food are increasing but the productivity level is not increasing accordingly. The main reasons for low yield are poor quality seed, low yielding cultivars, inadequate plant protection measures and un-awareness of vegetable growers about modern production technologies. Vegetable cooperative research programme was started at federal level in 1981 with the aim to conduct research work to resolve problems for yield enhancement in collaboration with the provincial vegetable research institutes/stations.
• Sindh Horticultural Research Institute, Mirpurkhas.
• Agricultural Research Station (North), Mingora, Swat.
• Agricultural Research Institute, Sariab, Quetta.
Later on, these cooperative programmes were terminated during 2009.