JICA Afghan Mis­sion vis­its NARC coop in ru­ral devel­op­ment

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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