ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) is introducing and transferring new innovations and technologies among farming community for promotion and development of agriculture sector in Pakistan.
Farmers can increase their production and income by using new knowledge and latest technologies. This was stated by Dr Nadeem Amjad, Chairman PARC while addressing at an inception workshop and ceremony of transfer of solar dryer technology to local farmers of Sukkur Region to produce export quality solar dried dates and by-products of dried banana under the Project titled “Post Harvest Management and Value Addition of Fruits in Production Catchments in SAARC Countries (Pakistan Component) at Sukkur.
Chairman PARC said Pakistan’s economy can be strengthened and the goal of food security can be achieved by giving priority to agriculture development activities as 70% population of the country is directly or indirectly dependent on this sector. He said Federal and Sindh government were working together for profitable agriculture in the province.
Through the use of latest technology, dates and banana can be dried and preserved to increase growers’ income. He said Pakistan’s prosperity is linked with farmers’ prosperity. He urged the farmers to use new knowledge and innovations to cultivate their crops and to minimise the post harvest losses.
He stressed upon the growers and village organisations to make sure continuous operation/functioning of the units to get maximum benefits from the technology distributed among them at farm and village level in the region. On this occasion Dr Munir Ahmad, Chief Scientist/Director General Agricultural Engineering Division of PARC and Project Director (SAARC Project-Pakistan Component) highlighted the activities and importance of the project.
He said the solar dryers for dates and banana value addition units of PARC in the region would help to reduce the post harvest losses and improve the quality of the produce of the farmers that leads to increase exchange earnings through export of quality solar dried dates and other by-products of dried banana such as dried figs, chocolate dipped banana.
On this occasion Dr.Muhammad Abbas Bhutto, Incharge AZRI Technology Field Station of PARC, Asif Mirani and other scientists also shared their knowledge and experience. All the farmers and growers appreciated the PARC role for serving them at their door-step. Later on a document was also signed for transfer of solar drying technology to local farmers.
News source: Daily Times