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PARC budget for 2015-16 approved by board of governors.

Islamabad -- The Board of Governors (BoG) of the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has approved PARC budget for the financial year 2015-16 to promote agriculture research and ensure food security in the country, says a press release issued here on Wednesday.

The 39th meeting of PARC's BoG was held here at the PARC headquarters, which was presided over by Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research (NFSR), Mr. Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan.

According to break figures, the budget included Rs.2629 million non-development funds where as Rs.1357.687 have been approved for development projects. In addition, the board also approved Rs.228.435 for Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) projects and Rs.211.364 million for Agriculture Linkage Programme (ALP). The non-development funds include adoption of basic pay scales-2015 and grant of adhoc relief allowance - 2015 @ 7.5% as notified by GoP w.e.f. 01-07-2015 and other allowances to PARC employees. The BoG also recommended additional budget of Rs.150.610 million for post budgetary increases in pension, rental ceiling and vacant posts. The budget was presented by Mrs. Rubina Safeer, Member (Finance) PARC.

The Minister particularly highlighted the role of Directorate PR and P-PARC for advocacy of projection of PARC and Ministry R and D activities among the stakeholders through media. He also acknowledged the role of media currently playing and focusing agriculture sector and he congratulated PARC on holding regular meetings of Varietal Evaluation Committee (VEC) and said it is encouraging to know that PARC varieties are being released in competition with the others.

He said he is glad to know that PARC has developed and standardized panel of assays for diagnosis of PPR; supporting nation-wide surveillance and referral diagnostic activities in the area of Avian Health, a network of *5 labs*, established in Rawalpindi, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Gilgit-Baltistan; and Ostrich Breeding facility at NARC.

He said PARC is facilitating scientists in getting projects through competitive grants. During this financial year PARC has developed more than a dozen projects for funding. Presently it is looking after the research needs of the scientists through 18 large and small projects with total cost of Rs. 8.339 billion and this year allocation is Rs. 1.358 billion. Moreover 53 projects are running through Competitive Grants and MoUs, in the country. A mega project of PSDP, National Institute of Genomics and Advance Biotechnology (NIGAB) has become fully functional and the case is under process for its conversion to Non-Development side.

He also highlighted other PARC new technologies including PARC Bioremediation Model for Wastewater treatment plant which was inaugurated by the President of Pakistan at Rose and Yaseem Garden Islamabad during October, 2015.

Earlier, PARC Chairman Dr. Nadeem Amjad briefed the house about PARC progress, in-house research and new innovations through technical divisions, PSDP funded on-going and new approved projects as well as about ALP funded projects and MoUs signed with national / international partners.

On the occasion, PARC Technical Members, Dr. Umar Farooq, Member (SSD), Dr. Shahid Rafique, Member (ASD), Mian Abdul Majeed, National Coordinator (Cereal System) on behalf of Member (PSD), Dr. Munir Ahmad, Secretary PARC and DG (AED), Dr. M. Azeem Khan, DG NARC and Dr. Altaf Sher, DG (C and MD) also gave presentations about their disciplines to the house.

Among others, Dr. Amir Muhammed, Founding Chairman PARC and Member of PARC BoG, Dr. Mubarik Ali, Member (Food and Agriculture) Planning Commission, Mr. Mutabiat Shah from Gilgit and Ch. Javed Saleem from Punjab participated in the meeting and shared their views.

Dr. Amir said major focus is given to crop production. There is need to focus other aspects such as agri. process and marketing of the produce of the small farmers and establishment of certified nurseries of plants and trainings.

Dr. Mubarik Ali, Member (Food and Agriculture) Planning Commission said a cluster approached is need for value chain including marketing and packaging of the products and to address weakness.

Ch. Javed Saleem said PARC sign MoUs with farmers and work in their regions to increase their agro-livestock production and farmer will welcome them.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Nov 26, 2015
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