Ex­perts call for trans­fer­ring tech­nol­ogy, re­search re­sults to farm­ers

The Pak Banker - - 6BUSINESS -

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.

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