ISLAMABAD: A high-level delegation of Australian Commission of Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), led by Commission Chairman Don Heatley visited National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) on Tuesday and assured the continuity of cooperation and support for agri-research in Pakistan.
Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Chairman Dr Nadeem Amjad welcomed the Australian delegation. He briefed the delegation about Pakistan agricultural scenario, and PARC research establishments working across the country for the promotion and development of agriculture.
National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC) Director General Dr M Azeem Khan gave a briefing about various research institutes working on multi-disciplinary fields of agriculture under NARC.
PARC member Dr Ahmad Bakhsh Mahar also gave a detail presentation on National Agricultural Research System, high priority research themes, research coordination / mechanism, commodity-based coordinated research programmes of wheat, cereal systems, sugar and food legumes crops, oilseed crops and horticulture.
Former PARC chairman Dr Iftikhar Ahmad also joined the briefing session. Dr Shahid Rafique, Dr Altaf Sher, Dr Munir Anjum, Dr Pervaiz Khalid, Dr Khalid Mahmood Qureshi, Dr Roshanzada, Sardar Ghulam Mustafa, Faisal Sohail Fateh and other PARC scientists also joined the briefing session.
After briefing, the Australian Commission visited PARC technologies display centre, where Dr Khalid Mahmood Qureshi briefed the delegation about various fruit plants nurseries developed to supply plants to the growers, screen house for disease free citrus germplasm multiplication developed under ASLP / ACIAR funding.
They also visited kitchen gardening site, PGRI building and Gene-Bank. Dr Sajjid Mustafa and Dr Sardaruddin briefed the delegation about PARC Gene-Bank goals and objectives of exploring and collection of agri-biodiversity from diverse ecologies and serve as national facility for conservation and distribution of PGR to researchers.
They said there are over 33,143 accessions of different commodities of food legumes, cereals, oilseeds, vegetables and medicinal plants. Later, the delegation visited Animal Sciences Institute silage technology unit and buffalo and cow sheds and other breeding and field crop area of NARC.
A three-member women delegation from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) led by Pakistani Hoslamand Khawateen Network president Iram Fatima also met the Australian delegation. and shared her experience.
The Australian Commission showed much interest in PARC interventions and assured the continuity of cooperation and support for agri-research and development.
Source: Daily Times