Experts call for transferring technology, research results to farmers
Agriculture scientists on Tuesday highlighted the importance of agriculture sector to bring self-sufficiency in food production and ensure food security in the country through transferring latest technologies and research results to the farmers. They were addressing at the inauguration of the Wheat Travelling Seminar 2016 started from Southern Agricultural Research Centre ( SARC) Karachi, held at a hotel here. The speakers highlighted various aspects related to higher prices of agri inputs, water shortage, marketing problems, wheat diseases, disease free new varieties, certified seed and other related issues which are being confronted by the farmers.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Dr. Nadeem Amjad said that this was one of the most important activities which enhances collaboration among National Agricultural Research System (NARS) Partners. It provides an environment for exchange of ideas and learning for the participants and also helps young scientists to learn from experienced breeders and other senior scientists, he said. He said that such activities provide an opportunity for future planning and strategies from the past experience to boost up agriculture production and farmers prosperity.
The Chairman said the seminar would provide an opportunity to participants to look into their breeding materi- al planted at different locations and observe the response they get regarding disease, crop management and yield and come up with clear cut recommendations. He said the improved rust surveillance system and virulence spectrum, is now giving an in-depth analysis of the situation and this is providing us with a clear picture of rust distribution in different agro-ecological zones.
He appreciated the support of CIMMYT and USDA to strength overall wheat research activities in the country as well for extending WPEP for two years more. The seminar will travel through various agricultural research institutes, private sector seed companies, NUWYT trials, extension plots and farmers' fields at Hyderabad, Tandojam, Sakrand, Sukker, Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpur, Multan, Khanewal, Kala Shah Kaku and conclude at Faisalabad on March 18. The seminar has been organized by Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) in collaboration with International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other national partners under Wheat Productivity Enhancement Program. On this occasion Dr. M. Imtiaz, Representative CIMMYT-Pakistan, Dr. Ahmad Bakhsh Mahar, Member Plant Sciences, Dr. Amjad Pervez, DG SARC, Dr Ali Khanzada, Seed Company, Syed Nadeem Shah, VP Abadgar Board, Qadir Bux Baloch and other speakers also addressed.