Ministry of National Food Security and Research in collaboration with Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has trained 7th batch of 118 small farmers of Balochistan province. The farmers were trained under Research for Agricultural Development Programme (RADP), which aimed at the development of agriculture sector of the province, said an official of PARC.
The course was organized by Agriculture Poly-technique Institute of National Agriculture Research Center, PARC under RADP for the farmers of Balochistan, he added. The PARC, he said had launched various projects for the promotion of agriculture, livestock and horticulture sectors to enhance the farm income of small scale farmers for alleviating poverty from less developed areas of the province.
He said that farmers were provided four weeks training, giving special priority to small farmers of the province for their capacity building. Under the programme, he said 1,000 small farmers of Balochistan Province would be trained in the area of crop sciences, horticulture, agriculture mechanization, water resources, animal sciences and value addition.
He said in this training course 118 farmers were trained and so far in total 740 small farmers have been trained out of the total 1,000 farmers. This initiative was taken by PARC on special directives of Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan on the rising demand from farming community of Balochistan province, he added.
The Balochistan province was the future of the country’s agriculture and the huge available potential would be exploited to alleviate poverty from less developed areas of the province. He said RADP would help to provide trained manpower in agriculture sector, which was one of the main constraints in development of agriculture sector in the province.