JICA Afghan Mission visits NARC coop in rural development
ISLAMABAD—A five members delegation of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Mission from Afghanistan and JICA-Pakistan consisting of Jun Moriguchi, Ms. Yukiko Kikuchi, Mr. Satoshi Hamano, Amir Bukhari and Arshad Abbasi visited National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) Islamabad to seek support from Pakistani scientists for Regional Cooperation in Agriculture and Rural Development in Afghanistan through sharing new scientific knowledge, interventions, experience and success stories of NARC / PARC. Senior Scientist of NARC Dr. Tariq Mahmood, DDG (Plant Protection) presided over a meeting with JICA-Afghan Mission. Dr. Roshanzada, Senior Director Outreach Program gave a detail presentation about NARC. He said that NARC is the largest agriculture centre in Pakistan at national level. He briefed NARC mandate; strategic research on national and regional priorities, emerging challenges in agriculture, explanatory research on new commodities, fill gaps in regional research agencies, collaboration and linkages with international research centres,
Provincial research systems, PARC research establishments, extension and development agencies and services to national systems through conservation and supply of germplasm, human resources development, agricultural scientific information and commercialization of technologies and products. He said there are 401 scientists including 120 Ph.Ds, 21 research institutes, number of research labs focusing over 96 disciplines of agriculture.
He also gave another presentation on the project of capacity development of agriculture extension services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provinces. He said that the project has been implemented by NARC with the technical and financial support of JICAPakistan. Under this project 100 Agriculture Officers (AOs) / Subject Matter Specialists (SMSs) and 250 Field Assistants would be trained. Out of which so far 73 AOs / SMS and 99 FAs have been trained at NARC and now they are capable to provide their services as master trainers in their area and guiding the farming community to improve their agriculture production on scientific lines. He also highlighted the success story of Farmers Field School (FFS) approached in which scientists and farmers work together in the field. Dr. Munir Anjum, Senior Director (DPEP) highlighted the success story of green revolution in Pakistan. He said in 60s CIMMYT and Pakistani scientists worked on wheat variety of Mexipak which was a high yielding variety and resulted green revolution in Pakistan. Dr. Tariq Hassan, DDG (Commercialization) & CEO PATCO and other senior scientists also shared their knowledge and experience with the participants.
Umbrellas are seen hanging trees at Murree road for sale, as their demand has increased due to change of weather.