Farm research should reach farmers to boost yields

wheat-crop_400_optSTAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Chairman Dr Iftikhar Ahmad has said that mostly technical and scientific knowledge remains in shelves that should reach farmers doors step to help increase their crop production and thus improve their livelihoods.

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He said this while speaking as chief guest at the recently concluded 5-day workshop at NARC.

This workshop can be one of the instruments to develop mechanism for accessible information for extension workers and farmers. Collective efforts and wisdom needed to achieve self-sufficiency in agriculture sector and to ensure food security in the country.

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Dr Ahmad always appreciated the role of international agencies especially FAO, USDA, CIMMYT, ICARDA, ICIMOD and other donors for holding such events in Pakistan to share technical and scientific knowledge and experience by experts and financial support for development of agriculture sector in the country.

Earlier, NARC DG Dr Muhammad Azeem in his welcome address said that translating knowledge into practice is always a big challenge for researchers as well as development partners. Looking at detailed programme of this workshop and the vast experience of both resource persons from Indonesia and Germany, he said that he is quite confident that the participants of this workshop will be able to acquire sufficient skills for effectively translating new knowledge to the farmers.

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