STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has always acknowledged the support of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for various development projects in Pakistan including the establishment of Plant Genetic Resources Institute (PGRI) at the NARC campus.
Chairman PARC Dr. Nadeem Amjad said this while addressing the certificate distribution ceremony of Capacity Development Program of Agriculture Extension Services of KP at NARC in Islamabad.
He said that the project of capacity development of agriculture extension services in KP was started in January 2015 with the joint efforts of PARC, JICA and KP Department of Agriculture Extension to train 100 Agriculture Extension Officers (AEOs) and 250 Field Assistants (FAs) about innovations and practical skill to provide better agriculture extension services to the farmers of KPK Province. In the first batch of training, 25 AEOs / SMSs and 50 FAs of Malakand and Hazara Divisions have been trained.
JICA-Pakistan Chief Representative Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki said JICA will continue support and cooperation for such joint programs for the promotion of agriculture sector in Pakistan for economy growth and food security.
Director General NARC Dr. Azeem Khan said PARC with the cooperation of international partners implementing Agricultural Innovation Program in Pakistan to improve productivity of agriculture sector and to uplift socio-economic condition of farming community.
He highlighted the endeavours of Federal Minister for NFSandR and Secretary MNFSandR for promotion of agriculture sector in the country. He appreciated the JICA support for the capacity development of extension staff of KPK.