ISLAMABAD: To increase fruit productivity and quality, National Agriculture Research Council (NARC) has decided to set up 100 mother blocks of different fruits including citrus, mango and peach in the various parts of the country, which would help to enhance country’s exports.
“Out of 100 mother blocks of fruits, 50 blocks would be established for citrus, 40 for mango and 10 for peach in various parts of the country in order to enhance the production of these crops,” said NARC Director General Azeem Khan while briefing media persons about agriculture research and development activities carried out by NARC.
He said that Pakistan has a huge potential in citrus fruit and the government was making all out efforts to enhance citrus productivity. “The establishment of 50 mother blocks would help produce disease-free citrus and will enhance citrus export,” he added.
He said that NARC was making efforts to produce hybrid seed, as Pakistan was still dependent on imported hybrid seed, adding that media needs to play its due role in enhancement agriculture productivity and provide timely information to farmers about weather and modern technologies.
Pakistan Agricultural and Research Council (PARC) Chairman Dr Nadeem Amjad gave an overview about PARC and its research institutes working across the country for the promotion and development of agriculture sector in Pakistan. He appreciated the support of media to PARC/ NARC, whenever required, and to disseminate their research and new knowledge to farming community in the country.
The media also conducted a field visit to NARC Agricultural and Biological Engineering Institute (ABEI), where a number of farm machines were displayed.
The NARC DG and Principal Engineer Shabbir A Kalwar briefed the media about various new farm machineries including olive extraction machine, wheat straw chopper, sisal decorticator with practical orientation and solar technology to dry fruit and vegetables for manufacturing value
The media persons also visited vegetable experimental area where a number of vegetable nurseries for summer vegetables were ready. The vegetable programme of NARC had established over 310 vegetable clubs in Rawalpindi and Islamabad to provide fresh and pesticide-free vegetable at household level.
PARC DG Sardar Ghulam Mustafa also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the objective of the exposure visit arranged for the media.
By visiting a short farm field area of NARC and seeing research and development activities and interventions, the media persons were very much impressed about the performance of NARC.
Source: Daily Times