ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) signed Record of Discussion (RoD).
The Government of Pakistan has approved the project ‘Capacity Development of Agriculture Extension Services in KP’ with the financial assistance from JICA at a total cost of Rs 120.878 million including Rs 117.478 million as JICA grant.
Under this project 100 agriculture officers and 250 field assistants will be trained at National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC) in different areas of agriculture in order to strengthen agricultural extension services in KP besides perform their role effectively in improving farm productivity, employment generation, mitigating environmental degradation and uplifting socio-economic conditions of the rural masses of the province.
Dr Munir Ahmad acting Chairman PARC said need for food security in KP required continuing education of extension workers working with farmers in rural settings.
He emphasised the technology developed in one province should be share with other provinces and stressed the need of feed-back.
Dr Muhammad Azeem Khan Director General NARC said there were more than 350 scientists in all disciplines of agriculture, well equipped laboratories facilities and ample field space to conduct varieties of well conceived meticulous experiments to find environment friendly and economically viable solutions to different problems of the farming communities of Pakistan.
He said PARC has developed various applicable technologies, which were to be disseminated for improvement of agricultural production and socio-economic prosperity of farmers as well as to ensure food security in the region.
Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki Chief Representative JICA Pakistan Office highlighted the history of cooperation in agriculture between Japan and Pakistan. He assured full support from JICA for the improvement of agriculture for poverty reduction in the region.
Qayyash Bahdur Director General Agriculture Extension KP acknowledged the efforts of JICA and PARC for capacity building of agriculture extension staff of KP. This program will enable KP extension staff to solve problems of improved technologies and to address the issues of use of pesticides and other chemicals in agriculture. Ms Keiko Arai Project Formulation Adviser JICA, Dr Khalid Farooq Director API and other speakers also shared their views for the successful implementation of this programme.
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