Bosan for transferring agri tech to farmers

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THE NATION, ISLAMABAD, 16th SEPTEMBER 2013:- Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan has said that technologies developed by the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) must reach to farmers to help them enhance crop production by utilizing modern techniques.
“Farmers can contribute positively to the economy and for ensuring food security if they are provided the technologies developed by the PARC scientists,” the federal minister said while visiting the National Agricultural Research Center (NARC) Chak Shahzad, here.  Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security and Research (NFS&R),
Seerat Asghar, Director General, National Animal Plant and Health Inspection Services (NAPHIS), Malik Zahood Ahmed and other high officials of the ministry accompanied the Minister during this visit. Bosan visited the experimental farm fields and laboratories where he
was briefed by the Chairman PARC, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Dr. Muhammad Azeem, Director General, NARC, Dr. Muhammad Ali, CSO (PGRI), Dr. Samina Khalil, Director, Food Science & Product Development Institute (FSDPI), Dr. Muhammad Aslam, Director (API), Dr. Mujeed Qazi, an international wheat expert, and other senior scientists.
The minister said that an effective mechanism must be devised in collaboration with provincial agricultural institutions for dissemination of new knowledge to end users to get positive results of scientists’ efforts.
He urged the Agricultural Scientists that Olive cultivation and its extraction will play a tremendous role in the economy; therefore agricultural scientists should work hard for production of Olive.
Bosan while inspecting the cotton and other crop experiments farm field area at NARC appreciated the agricultural scientists’ efforts for producing various varieties of crops including horticultural crops.
During the visit he was taken to Food Science and Product Development Institute (FSPDI), Wheat-Cross Laboratory, Bioremediation, Plant Genetic Resources Institute, Gene Bank, Horticulture, Farm Machinery, etc.

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