PARB operationalises 53 research projects.
PARB Chief Executive Dr Mubarik Ali told an executive meeting of the Farmers Associates Pakistan (FAP) that until the projects reached 200 and annual investment on solution-based research was one billion rupees along with Rs 2 billion a year subsidy to promote the innovations among stakeholders, high growth targets in the agriculture sector could not be achieved.
Discussing the projects in details, he said that eight projects of wheat, six of cotton, four of rice, three of sugarcane, four of vegetable, seven of fruits, 11 of livestock and six miscellaneous projects were in operation under PARB, which attempted to resolve major issues like CLCV in cotton, BLB in rice, stem rust in wheat, drought, salinity, frost and cold tolerance in various crops and specify Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for disease-free and economically-viable seedling in potato, olive and date palm. Few projects have completed their research phase and research products are now being commercialized, he added.
Dr Tariq Bucha, President FAP, thanked Dr Mubarik Ali for the briefing and acknowledged efforts of PARB for bringing the fruits of science and innovations to farmers. He suggested that crop committees of FAP closely interact with PARB so that it can better focus on priority issues that could benefit a larger group of farmers.