STAFF REPORT LHR: Punjab Agriculture Research Board (PARB) has approved Rs450 million budget for year 2012-13 for funding high priority research projects under the competitive grant system (CGS).

According to details, the budget was approved for 30 new agriculture research projects including all the running projects under the umbrella of PARB.

The board comprehensively evaluated the report about 12 randomly selected PARB funded projects and expresses satisfaction on the evaluation of these projects. The board also approved the recommendations of the selection committee against two posts of executive members of PARB.

On the occasion, Agriculture Minister Malik Ahmad Ali directed PARB and other agriculture experts to formulate knowledge-based agricultural policies for precision agriculture, productivity enhancement and resource conservation. He said that agriculture and livestock sectors are top priority of Punjab government.

These vital sectors contribute major role in economic development of Pakistan and hence must be addressed to harness the hidden potential in these sectors, he added. He said that Punjab government is trying its best to boost result-oriented research in agriculture and livestock sectors.

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