STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) would establish Provincial Agricultural Research Board in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh to promote innovation in agriculture sector.

A high-level meeting held here recently with the PARC Chairman Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad in the chair discussed strategy and devised a roadmap for establishment of these centres.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad said the agricultural innovation programme (AIP) for Pakistan is a four-year multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholders project to modernize the agriculture sector in the country. He said that the aim of the project, financed by the USAID, is to address the critical intervention areas of Pakistans agriculture identified through wider consultations led by PARC and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center.

Country Representative CIMMYT Dr. Imtiaz presented overall overview of AIP and Dr. Hafeez Ahmad Sadaqat, Executive Member, PARB, has also given a detailed presentation on the current structure and way forward of PARB.

Dr. Mubarik Ali, former CEO PARB, shared his valuable experience with all participants for the establishment of provincial boards in other provinces of Pakistan.

All the provincial partners were of the view that provincial boards should be established in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh on the pattern of Punjab Agricultural Research Board model.

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