Pakistan Agricultural Research Council
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Islamabad (March 15): International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) will extend all possible cooperation and financial assistance to PARC for the promotion of agriculture sector in Pakistan said Dr. Tom Lumpkin, Director General (CIMMYT) on the inauguration of CIMMYT Office in Pakistan at NARC, Islamabad.
Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) said that with the strengthening of relations between PARC and CIMMYT, country’s agriculture sector will boost and particularly enhance wheat and maize production.
Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and the Mexico-based International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) announced the launching of the four-year $ 30 million Agricultural Innovation Project (AIP) at Islamabad. AIP will be implemented in earnest on April 1, and run through March 31, 2017. On this occasion USAID-Islamabad Mission Director Jack Conlyn, Representative of the Secretary (MNFS&R), Chairman PARC Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, CIMMYT Director of Global Wheat, H J Braun, Provincial DGs Agri Research & Extension and their Representatives, VC of Pakistani’s major Agri Universities, Representative of several on-going USAID Projects, USAID Michael Wyzan, Alan Davis Director of EGA at Islamabad and many other eminent Pakistani Scientists were present.
The project will also include expertise from sub-awardees International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), World Vegetable Center (AVRDC), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), University of California (UC), David and PARC.
Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Chairman PARC said that AIP’s overall objective is to promote economic growth by brining more farms, and more acres, under improved technologies and management practices and to increase the productivity and production value of livestock, horticulture, and cereals. The project will foster the creation of a demand-driven, result-oriented agricultural research community and enhance linkages between Pakistan’s agricultural research community, the global community or scientists and Pakistani private sector/civil society.
He further said that CIMMYT will be the primary implementing partner and prime grantee, managing and taking responsibility for the overall program and overseeing the cereal systems portfolio. ILRI will manage and support the livestock portfolio, while AVDRC will play a similar role in annual horticulture, IRRI will do for rice, and UC-Davis will have responsibility for human resources development and perennial horticulture. Importantly PARC will be oversee the competitive grants component alongwith providing leadership in the formation of organization similar to the Punjab Agricultural Research Board in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan.