PARC up­grades AZRI DI Khan

Four new In­sti­tutes in FATA, KP to pro­mote agri­cul­ture re­search

Pakistan Observer - - ECONOMY WATCH -

OB­SERVER RE­PORT D.I. KHAN—Pak­istan Agri­cul­tural Re­search Coun­cil (PARC) has Up-graded its Arid Zone Re­search In­sti­tute (AZRI) to the level of Arid Zone Re­search Cen­tre (AZRC) in Dera Is­mail Khan. Four new Adap­tive Re­search-cum-Demon­stra­tion In­sti­tutes (ADRI) also es­tab­lished at Wana (South Waziris­tan Agency), Mi­ran­shah (North Waziris­tan Agency) FATA, Tank and Ma­tora, Lakki Mar­wat in Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa to im­prove liveli­hood of the re­source poor farm­ers of the arid, rain­fed, sail­aba and rod-kohi ar­eas and to en­hance the sus­tain­able pro­duc­tiv­ity of agri­cul­ture in arid and semi arid ar­eas while pro­tect­ing the nat­u­ral re­source-base i.e. land & wa­ter re­sources, range land from degra­da­tion and preser­va­tion of vast nat­u­ral bio­di­ver­sity present in the area.

The In­sti­tute was up­graded and new in­sti­tutes were es­tab­lished on the de­mand of the farm­ers of the Vil­lage Ma­tora Wel­fare Or­ga­ni­za­tion Dis­trict Lakki Mar­wat KPK and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers of the re­gion dur­ing Kis­san Con­ven­tion held in Is­lam­abad through di­rec­tives of Prime Min­is­ter of Pak­istan to Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment. The ob­jec­tive of the AZRC and its in­sti­tutes was to ex­pand agri­cul­tural re­search and de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties to the ne­glected ar­eas of South­ern Dis­tricts of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa and Fed­er­ally Ad­min­is­tered Tribal Ar­eas (FATA) so as to im­prove the agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tiv­ity and re­duce poverty in the re­gion.

Chair­man PARC Dr. Nadeem Am­jad has in­au­gu­rated the PARC newly es­tab­lished Adap­tive Re­search-cum-Demon­stra­tion In­sti­tute (ARDI) Ma­tora, Lakki Mar­wat and un­veiled a foun­da­tion stone. While speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, he high­lighted the ef­forts of present Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment for pro­mot­ing agri­cul­ture sec­tor in Pak­istan and fo­cus­ing less de­vel­oped ar­eas of the coun­try. He ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­forts of Az­izul­lah Shah, Se­nior Direc­tor (Land Re­sources) PARC for ob­tain­ing ap­proval of the above PSDP Mega Project of Rs455.493 mil­lion from GoP. He termed the upgra­da­tion of AZRI to level of AZRC D.I. Khan and es­tab­lish­ment of new agri­cul­tural re­search in­sti­tutes at Ma­tora, Lakki Mar­wat, Tank and Wana South Waziris­tan Agency (SWA) and Mi­ran­shah, North Waziris­tan Agency (NWA) FATA and Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa a mile­stone for agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment in the re­gion.

The Chair­man PARC said that Pak­istan is an agri­cul­tural coun­try. The ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple di­rectly or in­di­rectly de­pend on this sec­tor. Pak­istan is also an im­por­tant agri­cul­ture coun­try in the world. He said that it is the only agri­cul­tural re­search cen­tre which would cover all south­ern dis­tricts in­clud­ing FATA.

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