PARC upgrades AZRI DI Khan
Four new Institutes in FATA, KP to promote agriculture research
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.