A three-day National Dialogue on Agricultural Research started at the National Agricultural Research Centre, Islamabad. Speaking at the inaugural session, Minister of National Food Security and Research, Chaudhary Tariq Bashir Cheema, highlighted the government’s commitment to promoting the agricultural sector and improving the livelihoods of farmers.
The minister emphasized the importance of research and innovation in achieving sustainable agricultural development and achieving the target of self-sufficiency in edible oil production. The minister advised the Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security and Research to pinpoint governance and financial issues hindering agriculture research.
Organized by Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, the Dialogue shall witness eminent agricultural scientists and policy makers from all over the country as well as international organizations to define futuristic pathways for agricultural research.
The event aims to explore challenges, recent trends, and novel technological innovations in the field under the theme of ‘’Harnessing Agriculture Potential to Boost Pakistan’s Economy’. The inaugural session was attended by national and international stakeholders in agriculture.
The Dialogue has been planned to provide platform for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to discuss and deliberate on the latest developments and innovations in agricultural research and plan for future research accordingly.
The stakeholders will be making efforts to identify strategies and solutions to overcome the challenges faced by the agricultural sector and pave the way for sustainable development. The National Dialogue on Agricultural Research will cover a range of topics, including crop improvement, livestock and fisheries, natural resource management, food security, and rural development. The event will feature interactive sessions, panel discussions, and presentations by renowned experts and scientists in the field of agriculture.