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USAID initiative brings technology to Pak agriculture

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ISLAMABAD: USAID and the Pakistan Ministry of National Food Security & Research launched USAID’s Pakistan Agricultural Technology Transfer Activity today.

Partnering with roughly 30 of the largest private agri-technology businesses, the four-year initiative will introduce advanced technologies to an estimated 122,500 farmers, whose agricultural sales are projected to reach $8.58 million.

“This project will help Pakistani farmers realize the full potential of their land and labor,” said USAID Mission Director Jerry Bisson.  “Partnership with key private sector players will help connect farmers to each other, new techniques, timely weather data, and the supply chain network – all of which enhances productivity, builds resilience to climate change, and reduces post-harvest losses.

The technologies the program will introduce to the horticulture industry include integrated pest management, controlled production, improved plant genetics and post-harvest handling and packaging. The livestock and dairy sectors will benefit from nutrition and breed improvement, including artificial insemination and embryo transplants that will offer rapid improvement in livestock genetics.

Pakistani agriculture department officials and Dr. Yusaf Zafar, Chairman Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) also attended the event.

“Our partnership with USAID has lasted decades, but with interventions such as these, the pace of development will increase multifold,” said Dr. Zafar.  “We hope to support these initiatives over the project lifespan and beyond.” (Ed.: MMA) 

USAID Pakistan Mission Director Jerry Bisson and Dr. Yusaf Zafar, Chairman Pakistan Agriculture Research Council with the private sector partners at the USAID Pakistan Agricultural Technology Transfer Activity project launch ceremony.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.