PARC, ZTBL join hands to up­lift poor farm­ers


ISLAMABAD—A high level del­e­ga­tion from Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) Wed­nes­day vis­ited Na­tional Agri­cul­tural Re­search Cen­ter (NARC) to pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion between the two or­ga­ni­za­tions for up­lift­ing the so­cio-eco­nomic con­di­tion of poor farm­ers. The del­e­ga­tion was headed by Ex­ec­u­tive Vi­cePres­i­dent, Plan­ning Re­search and Tech­nol­ogy Divi­sion (PRTD), Farhat Karim Hashmi. Ac­cord­ing to a press state­ment is­sued here, the pur­pose of the visit was to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion for pro­mo­tion and trans­fer of mod­ern agri­cul­ture tech­nolo­gies, new va­ri­eties of crops, ma­chin­ery and sci­en­tific knowl­edge to small farm­ers to in­crease pro­duc­tion of agri­cul­ture sec­tor.

This would help meet the na­tional goal of food se­cu­rity and up­lift the so­cio-eco­nomic con­di­tion of poor and small farm­ers of the coun­try, it added. PARC Chair­man, Dr. Nadeem Amjid and other se­nior of­fi­cials of the coun­cil briefed the vis­it­ing del­e­ga­tion about the on­go­ing ac­tiv­i­ties of the coun­cil. The del­e­ga­tion mem­bers were ap­prised that be­sides pro­mot­ing agri­cul­tural re­search, PARC was also de­vel­op­ing ca­pac­ity of the agri­cul­tural re­search and ex­ten­sion staff of prov­inces and farm­ers of the coun­try to im­prove agro-live­stock pro­duc­tion in the coun­try on mod­ern lines.

On the oc­ca­sion, ZTBL Ex­ec­u­tive Vi­cePres­i­dent and other del­e­ga­tion mem­bers ex­pressed their in­ter­est in PARC tech­nolo­gies for co­op­er­a­tion to trans­fer new va­ri­eties of field and hor­ti­cul­tural crops, small ma­chin­ery and other in­no­va­tions to small farm­ers and seed pro­duc­tion pro­gram to serve the needs of the farm­ing com­mu­nity to en­hance the pro­duc­tion of agri­cul­ture sec­tor in Pak­istan.

KARACHI: Danysh Hashmi, Head of Re­tail Prod­uct Group, HBL, Naveed As­ghar, Chief Mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer HBL, Sima Kamil, Head of Branch Bank­ing, HBL, El­cin Yanik, Di­rec­tor, Group Head, Mar­ket De­vel­op­ment, Mid­dle East and African, MasterCard, Au­rangzaib Khan, Vice Pres­i­dent, Coun­try Man­ager, Pak­istan and Afghanistan, MasterCard and Nabeel Ah­mad, Vice Pres­i­dent, Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment for Pak­istan and Afghanistan, MasterCard.

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