Karachi—The chairman of the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Dr. Nadeem Amjad, has called for diversification of agriculture. In addition to growing traditional crops, attention should also be paid towards planting other varieties as well.
Talking to newsmen on Sunday, he urged media to play its role for disseminating the results of scientists’ research to growers, which will not only increase yield but also help enhance earnings of peasants and strengthen economy.
The PARC chief pointed out that the country imports soyabean worth about Rs. 75 billion. Therefore, attention should be paid towards growing soyabean and other crops which have demand in the market.
He pointed out that the PARC is working for the promotion of agriculture and livestock. There are offices and research centres that help guide growers and provide them the required assistance.
Dr. Amjad pointed out that in the previous years a virus had affected the crop of banana in Sindh but due to efforts of the scientists of PARC the disease was controlled.
He said that in collaboration with Italy, the PARC had grown olive saplings on 6,000 acres of land in various areas of the country. The yield has started and standard is also good.
In view of the success of the project, a five-year plan has been chalked out and olive saplings would be grown on 50,000 acres of land in various areas at the cost of Rs. 2.5 billion. There would be 30 nurseries in Pakistan while plants would also be imported from Italy.
Dr. Amjad said that PARC has also chalked out a plan to grow suitable crops along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and adjoining areas from Gwadar up to the border area.
He stated that the PARC would conduct research and also provide guidance.