ISLAMABAD  – Agricultural scientists and farmers should work together for developing agricultural sector of in the country. 

According to a press release issued here Tuesday,the provincial  minister  Syed Ali Mardan Shah, while presiding over a meeting at the PARC’s Research Station at Umer-kot, Sindh said that Sindh Government will provide all possible assistance to PARC for enhancing the agricultural production and income of farmers.

He said that PARC is playing an important role for developing agricultural sector.  He urged the Sindh agriculture and Extension department to jointly make efforts with PARC so that farmers could benefit from latest technologies for increasing their production. The Minister took keen interest in the PARC activities.  While speaking in the meeting Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed, Chairman, PARC said that it is imperative that latest education to farmers will help to bring radical changes in agricultural sector. He said PARC will introduce varieties of crops with low water consumption and these varieties will get popularity among the farming community. 

He urged the agri scientists that they should develop such projects and technologies that are beneficial to the farmers. He directed the scientists working at Umerkot and Thatta that complete survey report of Thar area, transfer of technology to farmers  and quarterly meetings should be organized which include progressive farmers, representatives of agricultural/extension department and feed back of these meetings should be intimated to PARC Islamabad regularly.

Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed also visited the Pak-China (Phase-I) Project on Banana Tissue Culture, where Fateh Khan Nizamani, Incharge of who briefed him about the various activities being carried out there.

Nawab Yousaf Talpur in a meeting with Dr. Ifrtikhar Ahmed agreed that Sindh Government, elected representative and local management will provide all possible assistance to PARC Research Station at Umerkot and Thatta. The meeting was organized by Chairman, PARC Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed to review the over all progress of the Research Station and was attended by Agricultural Scientists, Progressive farmers and high officials of the Sindh Government.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Ulfat Nabi Khan, Director General, Southern Agricultural Research Centre (SARC), Dr. Ghazanfar Abbas, TSO to Chairman, PARC,  Sardar Ghulam Mustafa, Director, Public Relations and Protocol, Mr. Ghulam Shabbir Bohio, Direcrtor Arid Zone Research Institute (AZRI), and other scientists  including progressive farmers Mian Saleem and Noor Ali Shah.

Earlier Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad witnessed Nursery of range and bio diesel plants, Live Herbarium, Medicinal Plants, Silvo Pastoral study, Grasses nursery, Grafted ber, Caster bean and “Suckh Chain” plants and bio-gas plant, Fodder and Horticultural crops.  He also visited Sugarcane and Sugar beet fields in Thatta.