“The Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) for Pakistan is playing an important role in strengthening agricultural research system in Pakistan through providing financial resources, HRD and new innovations. Some farmers are still growing local varieties of various crops which cause low productivity. PASSCO has been given the task of development of seed of improved varieties for availability of quality and improved varieties seed to our farming community,” said Federal Secretary Ministry of National Food Security and Research Seerat Asghar while presiding over a meeting for Establishment of Provincial Agricultural Research Boards in Balochistan, Khyber Paktunkhwa and Sindh Provinces at Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Islamabad.
PARC Chairman Dr Iftikhar Ahmad mentioned wheat productivity doubled in Pakistan while the production of pulses is low. There is need for funding in generation to extend manufacturing of pulses in the nation.
He said there may be wish to modernize our agriculture on the trend of advanced countries.
On this instance, CIMMYT Country Representative-Pakistan Dr Muhammad Imtiaz gave an in depth evaluation of Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) for Pakistan.
Dr Mubarik Ali, Senior Research Fellow (IFPRI-PSSP) also gave a presentation on Punjab Agricultural Research Board (PARB) which come with structural and control weaknesses in agricultural analysis.
PARB vision to enhance sustainable productiveness, scale back poverty, make certain meals security and promote competitiveness within the agricultural sector via output orientated agricultural research, existing construction of PARB Board and EC composition, operation, methods, goals, achievements / primary analysis outputs, etc.
The goals of AIP are to increase crop productiveness and production worth of farm animals, horticultural, and cereal crops, thus increasing source of revenue for Pakistan farmers.Dr. Stephen Davies from IFPRI-PSSP, Dr. Jennifer (CIMMYT), Dr. Nazim Ali (USAID), Dr. Shahid Masood, Member (Plant Sciences) PARC / Focal Person (AIP), Dr. Shahid Rafique, Member (Animal Sciences), Dr. Umer Farooq, Member (Social Sciences) and different senior officials also shared their views and enjoy with the contributors of the meeting.
The Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) is a USAID funded initiative and controlled through CIMMYT in partnership with PARC and other stakeholders.
This is multi-institute program and designed to draw extremely skilled group of workers of nationwide and world popularity including the involvement of alternative international centers as primarly companions like ILRI, IRRI, AVRDC, and DC Davis-USA to support agricultural analysis group in Pakistan in attaining the goal of the program.
During conceptualization of AIP of Pakistan followed by inception workshop held in May 2013 in Islamabad all, NARS companions wired for the status quo of Provincial Agricultural Research Boards in Balcohistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh on the strains of PARB.
PARC was entrusted the accountability to create and establish provincial boards in these provinces and strengthening of PARB and arrange province-inclusive Competitive Grants System (CGS).
Once the provincial AR4D forums are established and made function, every board could have its personal Board of Directors and Executive Committee to run the affairs of board and put in force the aggressive grants by means of channelizing funds through forums to province.
PARC supply leadership within the establishment forums.
These forums will enhance the growth of provincial linkages to greater national, regional and world communities thru an overarching mechanism of coordination.
The provincial forums will play a growing function within the management of the aggressive grants.