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Agri research vital for achieving food security.

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) is focusing on emerging issues for advancement of agriculture sector as Agricultural research is the key factor for achieving food security in the country, said Sardar Ghulam Mustafa, Director Public Relations and Protocol, on Sunday. He said that the PARC had taken several initiatives for reforms in the NARS.

Mustafa said the PARC would be taking care of germplasm availability, distribution and testing, rust initiatives, global interactions, improve national wheat research system and coordination with provincial research system, develop resource conversation technologies with collaboration of international research institutes.

He said that recent paradigm shift from green to gene revolution, from conventional agriculture to high value agriculture and from domestic to global markets have underscored the need for strategic research on technologies which on the one hand are pro-small farmers, pro-poor and pro-nature, and on the other competitive in the global markets to restructure and reposition itself to deliver science based solutions for a more productive profitable and sustainable agriculture development.

Mustafa said that being an apex research organization at federal level responsible for conducting, coordination and promotion of agricultural research. PARC has the mission of "Poverty reduction through science-based improvements in agriculture productivity, profitability, and competitiveness to ensure food and livelihood security for all in an environmentally sustainable manner", he added.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Apr 30, 2012
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