ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan said that Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) is playing pivotal role for the promotion of agricultural research and development activities to increase agro-livestock production.
    
According to press release issued here on Thursday, Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research (NFS&R) Bosan presided over 39th meeting of PARC Board of Governor at the PARC (HQs).

In the meeting the PARC-BoG approved PARC budget for the financial year 2015-16, which included Rs2629 million non-development funds whereas Rs1357.687 million have been approved for development projects. The board has also approved Rs228.435 million for Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) projects and Rs211.364 million for Agriculture Linkage Programme (ALP). The budget was presented by Rubina Safeer, Member (Finance) PARC.

The Minister said that it is encouraging that the media attitude changed and improved. He urged further support from media houses to disseminate new knowledge among small farmers.

The Minister lauded the efforts of PARC and its scientists for their untiring efforts for ensuring agriculture development and food security in the country. Bosan said that scientists were making serious efforts to achieve new knowledge based technology development goals.

Bosan appreciated the efforts of PARC for cultivation of Soybean this year in NARC on 150 acres. The crop has produced 80 tons of soybean seed with an average yield of over 500 kg per acre. Under “Private Public Partnership”, this seed will be sold to the local poultry industry.
 
He appreciated the efforts of PARC for upgradation of some existing institutes as well as establishment of new research institutes in Balochistan, KPK and Punjab. He said much more is expected to make these institutes functional through research pursuits.

He said PARC is facilitating scientists in getting projects through competitive grants. A mega project of PSDP, National Institute of Genomics & Advance Biotechnology (NIGAB) has become fully functional and the case is under process for its conversion to Non-Development side. Under the Olive Project, plantation of olive plants on 10,000 acres has been completed and the total target of 50,000 acres will be achieved by 2019.

Federal Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFSR) Seerat Asghar assured his full support to PARC for initiation of different projects for development of agriculture and food security in the country.